Inj Prev 12:266-268 doi:10.1136/ip.2005.011221
  • Brief report

Motorcycle injuries in a developing country and the vulnerability of riders, passengers, and pedestrians

  1. B A Solagberu,
  2. C K P Ofoegbu,
  3. A A Nasir,
  4. O K Ogundipe,
  5. A O Adekanye,
  6. L O Abdur-Rahman
  1. Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr B A Solagberu
 Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, PO Box 4377, Ilorin 240001, Nigeria; basolagberu{at}
  • Accepted 14 May 2006


At a Nigerian university hospital, none of the motorcyclists who presented over a 12 month period had been wearing a helmet, and of the eight patients who died, seven had head injuries. Of the five collision types described, the rate of motorcycle-other vehicle collisions was highest at 40.6%, while the motorcycle-pedestrian rate was 23.4%. Measures to prevent these collisions might reduce overall crashes by 64%; in addition, helmet law should be enforced.


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