A study evaluates strategies to prevent motorcycle crashes

A study evaluates strategies to prevent motorcycle crashes

On behalf of Robert A. Solomon, P.C. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

A study released in 2018 by the National Transportation Safety Board looks at risk factors that can lead to motorcycle crashes and suggests ways to prevent such accidents.

Interestingly, state-of-the-art technology the agency believes can help is not aimed solely at motorcycles.

About the study

The findings of the NTSB study, entitled “Select Risk Factors Associated with Causes of Motorcycle Crashes,” indicate a heightened need for motorists to detect the presence of motorcyclists. The study also found that motorcycles should have better stability and braking capabilities.

Safety recommendations for vehicles

After analyzing federal crash data, the NTSB researchers determined the integration of motorcycle information into the crash warning and prevention systems designed for cars and trucks could lead to the avoidance of many dangerous vehicle-motorcycle situations. This addition would allow a driver to detect a motorcycle when changing lanes, entering or crossing a road or preparing to make a turn. A safety concept of this kind would give the rider more time to take evasive action if necessary and avoid a crash.

Safety for motorcycles

On the other hand, the study findings showed that adding enhanced stability control to motorcycles would reduce the number of single-vehicle crashes caused when riders strike immovable roadside objects. The NTSB also believes that all new motorcycles manufactured for U.S. on-road use should have anti-lock brakes.

Preventing devastating injuries

Although motorcycle crashes can cause many kinds of injuries, from road rash to broken bones, the most common are injuries to the head and neck. Also, it is not unusual for such injuries to require prolonged medical treatment and ongoing costs. In view of the medical expenses, pain and suffering, the injured rider may need professional help in dealing with insurance companies to obtain the appropriate financial compensation. Of course, as the NTSB study points out, safety innovations for both vehicles and bikes have the potential to keep a large number of motorcycle riders out of harm’s way.

ne 19, 2019.