IOWA CITY, Iowa- A new study finds motorcycles represent less than one-percent of all traffic, but account for about 16 percent of fatal crashes in Iowa.
Researchers say among crashes, involving just the motorcycle they found they found that the motorcyclist typically had a poor driving record.
Cara Hammonn of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Iowa says they also found motorcycle crashes in rural Iowa tend to be more severe, because of higher speeds, on longer stretches of open road.
Iowa Department of Transportation data shows weekends and summer months in Iowa saw more motorcycle crashes, and more crashes happen between 3-5 p.m.
The D-O-T also says nearly 65-percent of motorcycle crashes happen in urban areas.
Hammann is a University of Iowa Faculty Associate, and found that motorcyclists not wearing helmets were more likely to be charged in the event of a crash than those wearing one. Also more likely to be charged in the event of crash were males, younger drivers, those using alcohol and drugs, and those who had a contributing cause to the crash.
“We hope that results from this study can help us target education and policy-based interventions to the highest risk drivers to prevent motorcycle crashes,” Hamann said.
The research was funded by the Governors Traffic Safety Office.
The complete study can be found HERE.