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N/A | National The George Institute 12 month study on ATGATT

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by goz, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Just seen this on 10 news

    Motorcyclists are encouraged to to wear protective clothing, but little is known about the effectiveness of motorcycle clothing in crashes. The GEAR study investigated the performance of motorcycle protective clothing and body armour in real world crashes.
    Liz de Rome, the Principle Investigator of the GEAR study, highlights the key findings that will change how motorcyclists protect themselves from major injury and death.

  2. http://www.georgeinstitute.org/abou...ve-clothing-protection-injury-or-just-weather

    An Australian study providing new evidence on the injury reduction benefits of motorcycle clothing in crashes will be launched in Sydney today. The study, led by Liz de Rome, Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health at The University of Sydney, is the first of its kind and will be published in Accident Analysis and Prevention.This is the first study in over 25 years to examine the effectiveness of specialised motorcycle protective clothing and in particular, body armour. It is also the first to control for the contribution of other factors that may affect the severity of injury, such as speed or type of impact and age of rider.
    One of the key findings of the study, which was funded by Australia’s leading motorcycle insurer Swann Insurance and involved 212 motorcycle and scooter riders, was that riders were significantly less likely to be admitted to hospital if they crashed wearing a motorcycle jacket, pants or gloves.
    Ms de Rome said “One of the most important findings was the difference it made to be wearing body armour, particularly for hands and knees.”
    When garments included fitted body armour there was a significantly reduced risk of any injury. This included a reduced risk of any injury to the upper body by 23%, legs by 39%, hands by 45% and feet by 45%. The results also found riders wearing shoes or joggers had a much higher risk of foot and ankle injuries, as any type of boot reduced risk of injury by 53%.
    While there are limits to the extent clothing can prevent injury in high impact crashes, it is in low impact crashes that protective clothing is thought to offer the greatest injury reduction. There is also evidence that the majority of motorcycle crashes do not involve high impacts.
    Ms de Rome commented, “Over 200 motorcyclists die and a further 8,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads each year. For many years, motorcycle safety research has been dominated by debate about the effectiveness of helmets with less focus on other protection for the rider’s body.
    “With the increasing human and economic costs of motorcycle injuries around the world, there was a need for research into the effectiveness of protective clothing. We hope that the results of this study will show riders that their gear protects them from more than just the weather, encouraging them to wear more protective clothing which will in turn help reduce injuries.”
    The results of the study also send a clear message to the manufacturers of motorcycle protective clothing. The proportion of jackets (29%), pants (28%) and gloves (25%) that failed under crash conditions due to material damage indicates a need for improved quality control.
    While mandating usage of protective clothing is not recommended by the study’s authors, consideration could be given to providing incentives for usage of protective clothing, such as tax exemptions for safety gear, health insurance premium reductions and rebates.
    Co-investigator, Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers, Director of Injury Research at the George, Institute said “This is ground breaking research. It sends a clear message to riders that protection is important every time they ride, and highlights the need for further investment by Government to encourage riders to wear appropriate clothing, and to work with the industry to improve the quality of products available”.
    Stuart Chapman, General Manager of Swann Insurance, said the motorcycle insurer was pleased to have supported this study. “We think it's vitally important that riders have access to information such as the findings of this study so they can make informed decisions about what they should wear every time they ride,” he said.
    “Funding this study forms part of Swann's broader commitment to improving rider safety – it’s what we are all about. We encourage every rider to take these findings on board."
  3. ......
  4. well i never
  5. wow....
    it's like a comprehensive study to find out if the grass is green, or the sky is blue.
  6. About bloody time too. I have to admit that the results are about in line with what I'd expect but it's nice to have what appears to be a reasonably unbiased study confirm it.

    This is a bit worrying though, assuming that it's talking about motorcycle specific gear. However, without digging into the detail, I guess this may include some crashes where nothing could be reasonably expected to hold up.

    Just so long as it's not a back door route to mandation or a basis for compensation reduction on grounds of "contributory negligence".


    So my favoured lace-up Steel Blues won't result in my feet being instantly removed in a 10km/h bingle? Well I never!
  7. heart is in the right place Liz. but still need to get a clue.
    some garments and armour is/are designed for one crash only for example. it will be destroyed or rendered unusable again in the crash, however it's served its purpose. do you include that as a failed product.
    last question in vid, "what would you like to say to fellow riders out there ?"
    oh so you ride ?... not buying it.
  8. see, there's the problem right there; of course, only riders REALLY understand what riders want or need, and anything that's done to improve or educate that isn't done by someone 'in the inner circle' is dismissed.

    what your're not buying is as intelligent and could end up being as useful as the famous Hurt Report, which has reduced motorcycle fatalities and permanent injuries by a factor who knows how many in the years since its release.....
  9. what i buy is what i see works.
    how many times a month on this forum alone does a rider post pics after an off,
    bike and gear he/she was wearing. how it held up in the given scenario.
    graphic pics of a foot peg punching a hole through the calf of someone wearing shorties.
    or a full faced helmet with the visor scraped to shit and the chin bar cracked.
    that tells me what i need to be wearing.
  10. what i buy is what i see works.
    And how, exactly, does what you've just described conflict with the study quoted in the OP?
  11. i'm contradicting Hornet. not that you could'nt do that with every single post he has ever made.
    but in this case, yes i do believe "only riders REALLY understand what riders want or need"
    i don't need people like Liz telling me how to do something, that they don't know how to do themselves.
  12. So you don't think the stats are of any use in helping riders making an informed decision as what they might want or need?

    I tend to be suspicious of outsiders making pronouncements on the psychology of motorcyclists or on matters of roadcraft. However, a study of gear and its effects is a more objective thing and, IMHO, long overdue and potentially a useful tool. I'm not inclined to throw away useful tools.
  13. Well heres my damage on my slide, would insurance replace it? nope, getting fixed as we speak


  14. Why would anyone want to replace scarred leathers? Those scrapes are hard earned proof that you're no latte wobbling wuss :D.
  15. street cred :)

    They reinforce it with Kevlar so should be OK
  16. You sponged off the cow crap before you gave them to the fixer-uppers though didn't you Goz? :D

    Fun Ha!
  17. i have very little faith in statistics.
    welcome to the random universe
  18. please people, don't feed this tiresome troll

    the study is objective and comes to conclusions which we as rider know to be true
  19. well that sells me a dainese jacket. note how the seams held up.

    and that thread is precisely the type of information their research should be tapping into.
    but no, they are too educated to consider our feedback usefull and will research us like lab rats instead