Motorcycles and Horizontal Curves – A Literature Review
Zhenyu Wang, Changyoung Lee, Pei-Sung Lin, Rui Guo, Chunfu Xin, Rama Durga Tammayya Naidu Kolla, Runan Yang, Abhijit Vasili
Accident Reconstruction Journal, Volume 29 Issue 5, September 2019
Motorcycle ownership and use is increasing nationwide, leading also to an increase in motorcycle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. The impact of horizontal curves, which can reduce available sight distance and negatively impact vehicle-handling, is of interest to roadway designers. This article explores factors contributing to motorcyclist behavior and consequential motorcycle crashes on horizontal curves. The authors conduct a literature review of studies examining the safety effects of horizontal curves and other contributing factors on motorcycle crash occurrence and injury severity. They also review studies of motorcycle rider behavior on curves and on countermeasures to improve motorcycle safety on horizontal curve segments.