30 ,000 more surviving but are severely disabled . At this rate , road
traffic accidents may become the third leading cause of death worldwide
by the year 2010 (Wells , Mullin , Norton , Langley , Connor , Lay-Yee , R
Jackson , 2004 . Because of the severity of this issue , the authors have
conducted a study to determine the causes of road traffic accidents
among motorcycle drivers . The study was focused to determine if the
ability of motorcyclists to be seen on the road to be a vital cause for
motorcycle accidents on the road (Wells , et al , 2004 .
The study was conducted over a period of three years in Auckland , New
Zealand where the authors selected 150 survey sites on major motorways .
The study was conducted on random times between six in the morning and
midnight on different days of the week and different directions of
travel . The participants of the survey were randomly selected on the
road and were interviewed as to whether they use their headlights during
the daytime , if the driver uses reflective or fluorescent clothing
materials while on the road , the color of the motorcycle vehicle , the
color of the clothing of the driver and the helmet color used by the
driver . Based on their findings , they were able to conclude that the
use of headlights during the daytime , reflective or fluorescent clothing
and light color helmets greatly reduced the chances of the driver from
being involved in a motorcycle accident that may result to severe
injuries or death (Wells , et al , 2004 .
Although the article was informative as to what precautions a
motorcycle driver can take in order to avoid getting involved into a
major road accident that could kill the driver or leave the driver
permanently disabled , the study is very limited in that they only
concentrated on how the visibility of the motorcycle driver is on the
road . It did not take... [continues]
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