Do Motorbikes Undergo Crash Tests Like Cars?

11 Sep, 2021 13:25 IST|Sakshi Post

As of now, there are no legislative standards for motorcycle crash testing anywhere in the world, which makes sense when you think about it.

In a collision, an occupant in a car is locked and encircled by the car's structure, thus the vehicle's structural integrity becomes a safety component that works in tandem with other passive and active safety measures.

In contrast, a motorbike rider is not fastened to the bike and is ejected from the vehicle in an accident, therefore the vehicle's structural integrity will not help the rider.

Instead, airbags, ABS, and improved helmets and gear for rider protection are being borrowed from improvements in-vehicle technology for motorcycle safety.

Motorcycles, unlike their four-wheeled counterparts, are not subjected to crash testing because they lack an enclosed structure to protect the rider from the elements.

They do, however, have braking, safety, and another testing to help determine ways to prevent or reduce damage in the event of an accident.

Do Motorcycles Need Crash Tests?

As of now, there are no legislative standards for motorcycle crash testing anywhere in the world, which makes sense when you think about it. But it is better to be safe and cautious. One can choose variants of vehicles that have better-updated features and built-in safeguards. Though some studies have been conducted on this issue, the efficacy of the results is yet to be determined.

Are Bikes Inherently Safer Than Cars?

Riding a motorbike is risky. Motorcycles account for 14% of all crash-related fatalities while accounting for just 3% of all vehicles on the road. Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely than passengers in passenger vehicles to die in a car accident. Over 80% of these types of collisions result in injury or death.

How Likely Is It That A Motorcycle Will Crash?

Based on these figures, we can estimate that 1% of motorcycle riders will be involved in a motorcycle accident. To put it another way, the chances of being involved in a motorbike accident are one in a hundred. Those are some slim chances, and they demonstrate how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be.

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