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RESTREPO-BETANCUR, Luis Fernando  and  ANGULO-ARIZALA, Joaquín. Road traffic injury evolution of motorcycles riders in Medellin, Colombia during the period 2008-2014. Univ. Salud [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.1, pp.79-87. ISSN 0124-7107.

Introduction: Road traffic injuries are considered a public health problem worldwide which have an impact on society, economy and the health system of a country. It is considered one of the main causes of death around the world. Among road traffic injuries, those associated with motorcycles have drawn attention to researchers due to its high percentage participation. Objective: To evaluate motorcycle accidents that occurred between 2008 and 2014 in Medellin, Colombia. Materials and methods: The information reported monthly by the Secretariat of Transportation of 107.125 cases related to traffic accidents associated with motorcycle riders was taken. Probabilistic analysis, descriptive and exploratory analysis of dimensional type, and MANOVA were used. Results: A significant increase in road traffic injuries associated with motorcycle riding was found in the city of Medellin during the last years as well as the difference (p< 0,01) between sexes, age ranges and types of loss. Conclusion: This research allowed to highlight an increasing trend in the number of wounded and defunct people associated with the participation of motorcycle riders or passengers, noting that the majority of them were males between 20 and 29 years old.

Keywords : Road traffic accidents; probability; public health.

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