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An analysis of fatal bicycle accidents in Victoria (Australia) with a special reference to nighttime accidents.
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PMID:  2322366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper examines the fatal bicycle accidents which occurred in the period 1981-1984 in Victoria with particular emphasis on nighttime fatalities. The examination provides information on aspects of accident location, environment, problem type, time, and cyclist characteristics. The relationship between actual accidents and cyclists perceived collision danger is also investigated. The characteristics of fatal bicycle accidents are different to those of overall "casualty" accidents. A difference also exists between day and night, and between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan fatal accidents. In the metropolitan area, adult cyclists over 17 years were over-involved in fatal accidents. The proportion of cyclists involved in fatalities at night increases with increase in age. Almost 80% of nighttime accidents occurred on links on arterial roads, and the majority in the high speed limit zones (75 kph and over). A greater proportion of accidents was initiated by cyclists. In 90% of nighttime cyclist fatalities the cyclist was hit from the rear, compared with 40% in daytime. Inadequacy of bicycle and street lighting was found to be an important factor in nighttime fatalities.
M M Hoque
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0001-4575     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  1990 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-24     Completed Date:  1990-05-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Enginéering and Technology, Dhaka.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents / mortality*
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors

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