The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) does not typically investigate motorcycle crashes. However, the high number of motorcyclist deaths in the U.S. compelled the agency to study that mode of transportation in order to determine ways to prevent crashes and improve safety.
Motorcyclists have the highest risk of death of all motor vehicle users, representing 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 while accounting for less than one percent of all vehicle miles traveled.
The NTSB conducted a motorcycle safety forum back in 2006, which resulted in recommendations issued by the agency in 2007. Now, more than ten years later, motorcycle safety will be the subject of an NTSB meeting on Sept. 11, 2018. On the agenda: the prevention of crashes through better integration of motorcycles in crash warning and prevention systems and the use of advanced braking and stability control systems.
During the meeting, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, staff from the Office of Research and Engineering and the Office of Highway Safety will present findings and recommendations from the safety report on select risk factors associated with the causes of motorcycle crashes to the five-member board.
The board meeting is open to the public and may be viewed via webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/ shortly before the start of the meeting.