Identifying and characterising crashes of returning riders - a new approach

Haworth, Narelle, Blackman, Ross A., Fernandes, R., & Ma, A. (2013) Identifying and characterising crashes of returning riders - a new approach. In Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Surveys have identified that many older motorcyclists are returning riders but it is difficult to draw conclusions about their crash risk because of discrepancies in definitions and the inability to identify returning riders in official crash databases. Analyses of NSW crash data were undertaken in which returning riders were defined as aged 25 and over, holding a full licence 10 years prior to the crash, and not the registered operator of one or more motorcycles during the 5-10 years prior to the crash. Based on this definition, there were 472 riders in casualty crashes in 2005-09 who were returning riders (5.5% of riders aged 25 and over in casualty crashes) and the characteristics of their crashes were similar to those involving continuing riders. In contrast, crashes of new riders were more likely to have characteristics suggestive of relatively more riding in urban areas, probably for transport rather than recreation. More work is recommended to assess the validity of the definition to allow a better understanding of the effects of long periods away from riding on riding skills and crash risk.

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ID Code: 65002
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: returning motorcycle riders, crash risk
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
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
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Deposited On: 06 Dec 2013 00:23
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 06:48

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