Other Vehicle Design
The design of other vehicles plays a role in motorcycle safety.
For example, mirror design may compromise visibility. Vehicle height
may obscure a motorcyclists ability to survey the surrounding
There is little effort to design or test other vehicles to increase
There are increasing numbers of tall vehicles on the road. Tall
vehicles obscure a motorcyclists view of the environment
and surrounding traffic. They also obscure other drivers
views of motorcycles. In a collision with a tall vehicle, a motorcyclist
is less likely to vault over the vehicle after the collision than
in a collision with a lower vehicle.
Blind spots on automobiles and trucks make it harder for drivers
to see motorcyclists. Mirror design may compromise the ability
of drivers to detect motorcycles.
The design of other vehicles as it pertains to injury agents
also affects motorcycles when a crash occurs.
|DRL on automobiles may reduce the effectiveness of
operating motorcycles headlights during the day as a conspicuity
The spray from vehicles, especially heavy trucks, on wet roads
may adversely affect a motorcyclists vision.
WE WANT TO BE
We want consideration for motorcycles to be incorporated into the
design of other vehicles.
We would like motorcyclists to be aware of how other vehicle
design may affect their safety and adjust riding strategies accordingly.
TO GET THERE
Undertake crash investigation research to determine which elements
of other vehicle design adversely affect motorcycle safety.
Encourage other vehicle designers to research and consider how
a specific vehicle design may affect motorcycles and their riders.