Although it was published in 1981, the Hurt Report is still considered the benchmark study on motorcycle safety and accident prevention. Named for its primary author, University of Southern California professor Harry Hurt, Jr., the 435-page study was initiated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). Its official title is “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures Volume I: Technical Report.”
The comprehensive report was the result of more than two years of research and data analysis. Investigators performed detailed on-scene analyses of 900 motorcycle accidents and examined police reports of 3,600 additional crashes throughout the City of Los Angeles. They collected approximately 1,000 different elements of data for each crash, including environmental conditions, vehicle damage, injuries, helmet use and in-person interviews with survivors.
For a summary of the most important findings from the Hurt Report, click here.
To read the full 435-page report, click here.
Here are some of the most noteworthy findings of the Hurt Report, listed by category:
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