Biomechanics of Solo Motorcycle Accidents
John D Lloyd*
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- John D Lloyd
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
University of South Florida, Research Director, BRAINS, Inc.
32824 Michigan Avenue San Antonio, Florida, 33576, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 02, 2015; Accepted date: January 11, 2016; Published date: January 25, 2016
Citation: Lloyd JD (2016) Biomechanics of Solo Motorcycle Accidents. J Forensic Biomed 6:125. doi:10.4172/2090-2697.1000125
Copyright: © 2016 Lloyd JD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle and rider typically become independent, each following their own path to final rest. Consequently, the biomechanical analysis of a motorcycle accident is complex. A biomechanical model to assess rider kinematics associated with motorcycle accidents is presented, which may be important to forensic scientists involved in the analysis of such events. This model can also be applied to other activities, including cycling, equestrian sports, skiing, skating, running, etc. It is first important to understand the mechanisms by which a rider may be ejected from their motorcycle and how drag factors affect the motorcycle and rider independently. Next we determine rider trajectory, taking into consideration rider anthropometry and posture, results from which are used to derive impact velocity as a function of linear and angular components. A case study is presented, demonstrating how the presented model can be applied to a collision involving a single motorcycle.