This paper examines the real and potential contribution of in-depth motorcycle accident investigation studies to the reduction of motorcycle accident trauma.
Firstly, this paper will describe the results of a 5-year in-depth accident investigation study of 100 serious and 197 fatal motorcycle accidents in and around Birmingham, England. The paper includes a description of the accident investigation procedures and presentation of selected accident and injury data. Specific emphasis is given to the performance, or potential of protective devices.
Secondly, the usefulness of such in-depth accident data in the evaluation of existing protective devices and the identification of other counter-measures including injury prevention programmes is considered.
The paper includes commentaries on such associated matters as the feasibility of comparing the results from different accident samples and the level of effort involved in in-depth accident studies.
Finally, specific recommendations are made regarding the most Mtful direction for future motorcycle accident research.