A state-wide analysis of pre-hospital injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle road traffic accidents in Queensland

Davey, Jeremy D., Enraght-Moony, Emma L., Tippett, Vivienne, Freeman, James E., Steinhardt, Dale A., & Wishart, Darren E. (2007) A state-wide analysis of pre-hospital injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle road traffic accidents in Queensland. Road and Transport Research: A journal of Australian and New Zealand research and practice, 16(3), pp. 30-40.

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The present study aimed to examine the prevalence and characteristics of pre-hospital injuries and fatalities involving motorcycle riders in Queensland. A retrospective analysis was undertaken of all motorcycle road traffic crashes that were attended by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) over a five year period (1999-2003). A total of 6145 motorcycle-related incidents were recorded by the QAS during the study period, of which 113 incidents involved a deceased rider. Importantly, there was a 34% increase in the total number of motorcycle injury-related cases over the 5 year period, as well as an increase in the number of pre-hospital deaths. A further comparative analysis revealed some level of disparity between QAS data and corresponding official motorcycle injury records that are predominantly utilised to inform motorcycle policy. The reasons for this discrepancy and the implications of the findings will be further examined in the paper.

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ID Code: 11656
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: motorcycle, pre, hospital, injury, fatalities
ISSN: 1037-5783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Road Research Board
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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