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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-11-0026
Project Name:   Motorcycle Crash Causation Study
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  April 1, 2011
End Date:  December 31, 2016
Contact Information
Last Name:  Thor
First Name:  Craig
Telephone:  202-493-3338
E-mail:  craig.thor@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Safety Research and Development
Team:   Safety Management Team [HRDS-20]
Program:   Motorcycle Crash Causation Study
Project detail
Project Description:   The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study (MCCS)¬†uses the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data collection methodology, which constitutes a comprehensive onscene, indepth accident investigation protocol for motorcycle crashes. This includes interviews with similarly at-risk riders (control group) at each of the crash locations. This collection methodology provides for the development of a statistically robust database that will provide insight into the causes of motorcycle crashes. The database will contain both indepth data on crash antecedents, as well as data on risk factors (e.g., age, rider experience, speed, alcohol) that will be derived from comparisons of the crash and control samples. The collected data can be used to guide the development of improved countermeasures to crashes including countermeasures relating to roadway configuration and design. At current funding levels, the MCCS is projected to include about 260 cases, including 520 controls.
The primary objective of the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is to conduct a large-scale crash investigation study to determine the causes of motorcycle crashes in the United States.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Motorcycle Crash Investigations
Partners:   U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Role(s): Other stakeholder, Technical, Advisory
Expected Benefits:   The expected benefit is the ability to analyze motorcycle crashes and identify countermeasures.
Deliverables: Name: Final Report.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: The principal investigator (PI) will submit a final report, which summarizes the findings of the project.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Motorcycles
Crash Investigation
Motorcycle Accidents
Accident Investigation
FHWA Disciplines:   Safety
Subject Areas:   Safety and Human Factors
Vehicles and Equipment


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