Reducing motorcyclist injuries: Engaging stakeholders to apply evidence-based countermeasures

When involved in a crash, riders of motorcycles lack the protection featured in an enclosed vehicle and are thus more likely to sustain injuries, including fatal ones. When controlled for exposure (per mile traveled in 2015), the number of motorcycle fatalities is nearly 29 times the number of passenger vehicle fatalities. After developing a deeper understanding of the nature of the rider injuries, using the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study (MCCS) data and building on motorcycle research activities and momentum (CSCRS project R20), this project will identify countermeasures which can reduce injuries to in motorcycle crashes. The project will enable evidence-based practice, shorten the research to practice cycle and focus on assisting stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, motorcycle safety practitioners and advocates in applying the outcomes of research. Through all of this, the project will shorten the research to implementation cycle. The project will further shed light on risk-taking behaviors of motorcyclists that relate to injuries sustained by “different body parts” of the rider. More specific project aims are to: 1) enable evidence-based motorcycle safety practices by helping diverse stakeholders apply actionable research outcomes with a safe systems approach; 2) synthesize the contribution of key risk factors and helmet-specific attributes in crash occurrence and injuries to different body parts of the motorcyclists; and 3) identify countermeasures, including new technologies, which can reduce injuries, especially to different parts of the body in a crash.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50,349
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27514
  • Project Managers:

    Sandt, Laura

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Everett, Jerry

    Khattak, Asad J

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01715883
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747113
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 5 2019 12:45PM