A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says motorcycles account for a higher percentage of Ontario’s fatal crashes and cost the health system more money.
The study was conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The study examined Ontario crash victims (26,831 motorcyclists and 281,826 automobile passengers) from 2007 to 2013. It calculated the cost of the crashes to the health care system, and compared the aftermath of the car crashes to the bike crashes.
The findings? According to the study, the rate of injury was triple for motorcycles when compared to cars, and motorcycle accidents were reckoned to be almost twice as expensive to the health care system. Motorcycle crash victims were found to have 10 times the chance of suffering a severe injury. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be killed in a crash than a car driver.
For a closer look at the numbers, check out the CMAJ abstract here.