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MOTORCYCLE INJURY SURVIVAL

WHY DO MORE BLACK MEN DIE ON MOTORCYCLES THAN CAUCASIAN MEN?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Black men who ride motorcycles and have accidents are much more likely to die than similarly injured white male motorcyclists, a Johns Hopkins study led by Adil Haider has shown.  This in spite of the fact that black males wear helmets more than their white counterparts.  Haider says that while the exact reason why isn’t known, a couple of strategies should be employed.

HAIDER: We need to focus on more than just helmets as far as preventing motorcycle deaths amongst the black population.  We should continue helmets, they work.  But we need to do more.  Maybe one thing is driver training programs.  In America we just had you an 800 cc motorcycle, and many people get injured the first time or first few times they get on their bike.  And we know that inexperience causes crashes.  So the take home message is a, we still need to work on disparities, and b, along with wearing helmets we need to look at other ways to prevent injuries in this high risk group.  :28

Haider cites one program that takes a graded approach to riding more powerful motorcycles as a possibility.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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