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Findings from the Hurt Study

A motorcycle accident study that offers a wealth of information about accidents and how to avoid them.

The Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, is a study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC). With funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researcher Harry Hurt investigated almost every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Hurt and his staff analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports in the same geographic area.

Reprinted here for your information and use are the findings. The final report is several hundred pages. If you would like to order this document, the order information is:

Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures
Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R.
Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California 90007
Contract No. DOT HS-5-01160
January 1981 (Final Report)

This document is available through:
The National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161

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