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Motorsiklet kaskları ile kaza önleme seçenekleri: Türkiye

It is estimated that riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles (PTW) account for about 14% of all traffic fatalities in the former EU15 (the same figure is about 10% for Turkey). Despite the vast difference between Southern and Northern/Western Europe in helmet usage, the reasons for different helmet usage rates have mainly remained unexamined. This made riders of PTW a high priority for accident-reduction efforts for the European Commission, which has called for investigations that could lead to new measures. COST Action established for the general question of studying and testing motorcycle helmets. The main objective of this COST Action (COST 357) is to increase knowledge on how motorcycle rider behaviours and helmets could be improved to help facilitate the avoidance of accidents. In Turkey, it can be expected that the number of motorcycles increase because of improvements in service industry, boom in economy and young population and, therefore, a high priority for accident and fatalityreduction efforts in riders of PTW would be highly important. Research has shown that head injuries contribute to 70% and 80% of fatal injuries to PTW riders, which makes wearing a helmet an important contribution to the reduction of accident severity. However, issues regarding to motorcycle helmets have not been studied in Turkey. In the present project, PTW rider behaviours, social psychological models, and helmets were investigated in Turkey and across European countries (i.e., Turkey, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal).