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“While significant progress has occurred in reducing fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants, motorcycle fatalities have been
  rising steadily since 1997, and currently represent our Nation’s greatest highway traffic safety challenge.”
                          
                                                                    Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation
                                                                                                                    Action Plan to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities, 2007

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THE “HURT” STUDY published in 1981, with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) was a ground-breaking report on the causes and effects of motorcycle accidents. Researcher Harry Hurt of the University of Southern California, investigated almost every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Hurt and his staff analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports in the same geographic area. This is the same study that is frequently quoted in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider safety courses. Here are some of their findings:

- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents;
- The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision;
- Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile;
- The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

                                                                                                                                                                     
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