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dc.contributor.authorBarr, Nathan Danielen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T15:28:47Z
dc.date.available2015-08-04T15:28:47Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.otherALMA(contemp)
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12050
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Boston Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractMotorcyclists are one of the most at risk populations on public roads in the United States (2010). While all motorcyclists are required undergo supplemental licensure examinations, and in many states riders are required to wear helmets, there is still a great discrepancy between motorcycle related fatalities and automobile related fatalities – in 2010, this discrepancy was 30 to 1 (2010). This thesis examines current licensure policies and helmet laws across the United States in order to determine if any additional steps can be taken to better protect motorcyclists. Additionally, the use of different types of motorcycles was examined as a means of identifying and better protecting at-risk motorcycle drivers. The goal of this thesis is to determine the effectiveness of protective gear and motorcycle rider experience in preventing motorcycle fatalities and to examine how licensure and training requirements for motorcyclists could affect the number of fatalities of motorcycle riders in the United States of America. Motorcycles make up less than 1% of all vehicles on the road, but are responsible for 12% of all motor vehicle accident related costs in the United States. Additionally, it was found that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than an automobile driver. Helmet laws and enforcement of anti-drinking and driving laws were found to significantly decrease rider fatalities. [TRUNCATED]en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleThe effects of protective gear and riding experience on motorcycle fatalitiesen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineMedical Sciencesen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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