Running for three years, the European Commission offered support for the Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers to conduct a study on motorcycle accidents in 1999. The study, looking at data from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands pieced together a modern look at motorcycle safety that updated the findings of the Hurt Report. The researchers not only measured motorcycle collisions and exposure data, but it used information pertaining to other powered two-wheeled vehicles as well.
According to the study, known as the Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study, or MAIDS, the primary problem for motorcyclists on the road currently is passenger cars. Although not nearly heavy or powerful enough to generate the sort of massive forces that a large truck or 18 wheeler can create, passenger cars are still significantly weighty vehicles that may do substantial damage to a motorcycle or moped in the event of an accident. The study’s findings noted that 60 percent of motorcycle collisions involved a passenger vehicle.
In addition to problems with passenger car motorists, motorcycles and similar vehicles faced the most dangerous scenarios when in an urban environment. Of course, urban areas are generally considered to be more likely locations for motorcycle accidents due to the density of vehicles in these locations. According to the MAIDS data, 72 percent of all accidents occurred on city roads, making these environs especially dangerous for motorcycle riders who lack the external protection that drivers and passengers enjoy in cars and trucks.
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