Assessment of motorcycle crashes in South Omo Zone, Ethiopia
Author(s): Tegegn Mota Dadebo and Tarekegn Reta Mesfin
Abstract: The main objective of this study is to assess the magnitude and factors associated with motorcycle crashes in the south Omo zone, Ethiopia. Four-year police-reported crash data included reports from (January 2014 to December 2017) about motorcycle crashes was conducted from records of four police stations of south Omo zone. First, descriptive statistics were used by using frequency distribution and percentages. Multinomial logistic regression model was used for analyses. The results indicate that a total of two hundred six motorcycle crashes have been registered in four police stations throughout the study year. The gender proportion of motorcycle crashes were happened by male riders only. The result of multinomial logistic regression model reveals that, severity of motorcycle crash increase with riders age of below 18 and between 31-50; low education level (5 to 8); insufficient riding experience (over 2 to 5); owners of motorcycle; long service year of motorcycle (over 5 to 10) and motorcycle with sudden mechanical problems are the main determinant factors for the occurrence of motorcycle crashes. Based on the study, among others, the most important factors for motorcycle crashes were failure to give priority for pedestrians, careless riding, over speeding and violating traffic rules.