3/4 Of Motorcycle Crash Victims Were Novices, Had No License, Insurance – Research Finds

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A recent award-winning study by a team of medical professionals has found three-quarters of motorcycle crash victims in the research were found to be operating their vehicles with no license and no insurance.

The research also found that a third of people who crash had consumed alcohol a short while before the crash.

The research was carried out by a medical team led by orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, Dr. Cary Fletcher, attached to the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital.

The findings of the study have been published in the British Medical Journal and has been awarded by the Health Ministry.

George Gordon is the latest motorcyclist to lose his life on the nation’s roads.

The 41-year-old labour was riding on the Sine Main Road on Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with an iron railing.

Mr. Gordon would have fitted into the research conducted by Dr. Fletcher and his team.

Between March 2016 and June 2018, Dr. Fletcher’s team detailed the crashes of 155 motorcyclists and pillions in St. Ann, Portland and St. Mary.

Dr. Fletcher says the findings show there are a number of novice cyclists operating on the nation’s roads.

Another of the main findings of the study is 80% of all motorcycle crashes over the period were a result of human error.

Dr. Fletcher says of the more than 150 people studied, only two were formally trained in riding a motorcycle.

There were only two females in the study, both were pillions.

Dr. Fletcher says 55% of those who were treated in hospital were suffering from injuries to the hips or lower.

He says those injuries represented the highest-burden of care in hospitals.

Dr. Fletcher says if his study were conducted in the western end of the island then the results maybe more concerning.

Up to August 30 this year, 85 motorcyclists have died on the nation’s streets.

The Road Safety Unit projects motorcycle deaths will increase by 24% this year.

Last year, 100 motorcyclists were killed on the streets.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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