Motorcycle riders and their passengers are at a much greater risk of being killed in a crash than other motorists. Every accident involves a wide range of factors, but there are many safety issues that are unique to those on two wheels.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently published a safety report highlighting the dangers motorcyclists face on the roads. NTSB analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2016 Motorcycle Crash Causation Study, which is the most recent data available for studies on motorcycle crashes and risk factors.
Learn about the four motorcycle safety issues NTSB highlighted in the report:
1. Crash Warning & Prevention
Many of today’s passenger vehicles are equipped with crash warning and prevention systems, but they’re often not designed to fully detect and avoid motorcycles. As drivers become more reliant on these systems, manufacturers need to figure out how the technology can be used to protect riders.
2. Braking & Stability
Avoiding a crash on a motorcycle can be much more complicated than in a passenger vehicle. It’s common to experience loss of stability and control when you brake or swerve on two wheels. NTSB calls for more widespread availability of enhanced braking and stability control systems on motorcycles to reduce these risks.
3. Alcohol & Drug Use
The dangers of operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are well known, but there are limitations in the most recent data about motorcyclist alcohol and drug use and crashes involving impaired riders. NTSB believes more focused data needs to be collected to help determine ways to reduce the risks.
4. Licensing Procedures
Rider licensing procedures vary across the country, and a significant number of unlicensed riders are involved in deadly crashes each year. NTSB feels there is a need to evaluate how well the current standards are preparing riders with the basic knowledge and skills needed to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths.
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