Pattern of motorcycle-related injuries in Tehran, 1999 to 2000: a study in 6 hospitals

East Mediterr Health J. Jan-Mar 2006;12(1-2):81-7.

Abstract

We studied motorcycle-related injuries in Tehran from 23 August 1999 to 21 September 2000 in 6 hospitals. Data were obtained from the trauma registry and questionnaires completed by trained physicians. Of a total of 8500 patients with trauma injuries, 1332 were motorcyclists, with a male to female ratio of 15:1. Of these, 1226 patients were driving the motorcycle at the time of the accident and 75 were pillion passengers. Crashes involving another vehicle were the commonest kind of accident (72.5%). Helmet use was noted in only 8.6% of cases. There were 28 fatalities and head injuries were the prominent cause of death. Of those who died, none had been wearing a helmet at time of the crash. Only 2.7% of helmeted riders sustained a head injury, compared with 11.2% of riders without a helmet. The commonest musculoskeletal injury was fracture: tibial fracture with 509 cases (49.8%) comprised the largest proportion.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Head Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, General / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motorcycles*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Registries
  • Sex Distribution
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery