The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced the 10 items on their Most Wanted List, or the biggest threats facing motorists today. Of the ten items, three of them relate to motorcycle riders.
Eliminate Substance Abuse-Impaired Driving
This would significantly reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents on American roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 29 percent of riders who died in fatal accidents had an illegal amount of alcohol in their system. This is higher than the 23 percent of car drivers that were legally intoxicated at the time of their fatal accidents.
Eliminate Distraction in Transportation
The NTSB realizes that as more people buy sophisticated smartphones and handheld devices, the number of fatal accidents will increase. NHTSA says that drivers are 23 times more likely to crash if they text while driving. Motorcycles have a hard enough time getting noticed by other drivers; smartphones are not making it easier.
Mandate Motor Vehicle Collision Avoidance Technologies
Some technology can help motorcycles get noticed, however. We blogged earlier about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology that alerts drivers about rapidly approaching vehicles. Manufacturers could apply the same standards to motorcycles to help reduce fatal crashes. Many crashes occur because the driver never saw the motorcycle before the accident.
The other Most Wanted items were:
- Improve Safety of Airport Surface Operations
- Preserve the Integrity of Transportation Infrastructure
- Enhance Pipeline Safety
- Implement Positive Train Control Systems
- Improve the Safety of Bus Operations
- Improve Fire Safety in Transportation
- Improve General Aviation Safety
If you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash, we can help you fight for your rights. Call us today at (866) 377-3800 and we can schedule a free consultation for you.
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