Death on 2 Wheels

Canadian researchers hope that their alarming findings on motorcycle injuries will spur policymakers and manufacturers to embrace tighter safety measures.

Tracking motorcycle and car crashes in Ontario, Canada from 2007-2013, researchers found motorcycle injuries 3 times more common. They are also more severe—resulting in more hospitalizations and ICU visits—more deadly, and more expensive, according to the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The mean cost of automobile injuries was $2,995, compared to $5,825 for motorcycle injuries, and that’s likely a low estimate. The researchers only tracked injuries for 30 days—full rehabilitation often spans well beyond that timeframe.

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