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Are car drivers holding a motorcycle licence less responsible for motorcycle—Car crash occurrence?

Authors
  • Magazzù, Domenico
  • Comelli, Mario
  • Marinoni, Alessandra
Type
Published Article
Journal
Accident Analysis & Prevention
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Accepted Date
Oct 18, 2005
Volume
38
Issue
2
Pages
365–370
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2005.10.007
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this work is to evaluate the effect of a specific motorcycle licence, held by car drivers, in responsibility for motorcycle–car crashes. The data were provided by a multicentric case–control study (MAIDS) regarding the risk of crash and serious injuries of motorcyclists. A non-parametric method, classification and regression tree (CART), was used to accomplish the objective, and then compared to standard unconditional logistic regression. Drivers owning a motorcycle licence turned out to be less responsible for motorcycle–car crashes than drivers who do not have one; both types of analysis are consistent with this result. It is reasonable to assume that car drivers who hold a motorcycle licence have acquired more ability in riding and controlling two wheeled vehicles than drivers without a licence, and this may help them in predicting motorcycles manoeuvres.

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