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Epidemiol Prev. 2004 May-Jun;28(3):143-9.

[Road safety in Italy: epidemiology of two-wheeled motor vehicles accidents. National statistics 2000].

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Dipartimento di scienze sanitarie applicate e psicocomportamentali, Università degli Studi di Pavia.



to describe road accidents occurred in Italy focusing, in particular, on two-wheeled motor vehicles.


Analysis of road accidents based on current data referring to year 2000.




In Italy, 67,127 two-wheeled motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2000. Two crash types account for 75% of the accidents: side impact and front-side impact. Per one million kilometres travelled 0.4 cars and 1.3 two-wheeled vehicles are involved (0.7 motorcycles and 2.2 mopeds). In 2000 there were 1,229 deaths and 69,543 injured riders. Males up to forty years old are the most represented. The masculinity ratio presents a decreasing trend from motorcycles to mopeds and to cars both for killed people and for injured people. The lethality rate increases with age for all types of vehicles but for mopeds this trend is much more evident. Most of the accident occur in urban road while most of the deaths happen in extra-urban road.


Mopeds and motorcycles, which are a small subset of all motor vehicles (approximately 20%), are greatly overrepresented in crashes. Considering the kilometres travelled, the risk to be involved in a crash for mopeds is estimated to be 32.6 times higher than the comparable risk for cars and for motorcycles it is 17 times higher. The risk of death for riders is two times the risk for cars.

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