Ask the doc: What we don't know about motorcycle crashes
From the Hurt Report of the 1970s to recent studies that have drawn hundreds of reader comments here at Common Tread, there have been many attempts to study motorcycle crashes. And yet, there's still a lot we don't know.
While there is a lot of data collected on us all the time, that doesn't mean we have the data we need to understand how and why motorcyclists crash, and what the repercussions are.
For example, hospitals — and trauma centers, in particular — collect lots of data about those who are injured. Verified trauma centers also generally upload precise pieces of data into a national database called the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB), and other data regarding inpatient care into another database, the Trauma Quality Improvement Project (TQIP). TQIP is related to the same kind of databank that looks at more general surgical outcomes, the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP), which was birthed by the Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Project (VASQIP).