Table 1

Characteristics of motorcyclists and motorcycle related variables in fatal crashes on full moon nights and control nights

CharacteristicsNo (%)
Full moon night (n=4494)Control night (n=8535)
Age (years):
 ≤292482 (55)4666 (55)
 ≥302012 (45)3869 (45)
Sex:
 Men3981 (89)7541 (88)
 Women513 (11)994 (12)
Seating position:
 Driver3983 (89)7572 (89)
 Other511 (11)963 (11)
Helmet protection:
 Yes1828 (41)3386 (40)
 No2666 (59)5149 (60)
Engine displacement:
 ≥500 cc4154 (92)7890 (92)
 ≤499 cc or missing340 (8)645 (8)
Motorcycle style:
 Street3080 (69)5831 (68)
 Other1414 (31)2704 (32)
Motorcycle vintage (years):
 ≥33036 (68)5727 (67)
 ≤21458 (32)2808 (33)
Region of crash:
 Northeast681 (15)1263 (15)
 South1656 (37)3177 (37)
 Midwest1076 (24)2021 (24)
 West1081 (24)2074 (24)
Location:
 Urban1473 (33)2889 (34)
 Rural2143 (48)4016 (47)
 Unclassified878 (20)1630 (19)
Period:
 1975-992846 (63)5384 (63)
 2000-141648 (37)3151 (37)
Season:
 Spring-summer3077 (68)5910 (69)
 Autumn-winter1417 (32)2625 (31)
Day of week:
 Weekend1940 (43)3639 (43)
 Weekday2554 (57)4896 (57)
Nighttime period:
 4 pm-11 59 pm3294 (73)6158 (72)
 12 pm-8 am1200 (27)2377 (28)
Location of impact:
 Frontal3004 (67)5698 (67)
 Other1490 (33)2837 (33)
Dynamics of collision:
 Stationary object2220 (49)4345 (51)
 Moveable object2274 (51)4190 (49)
Vehicles involved:
 Single2037 (45)4013 (47)
 Multiple2457 (55)4522 (53)