NHTSA Develops Prioritized List of Recommendations to Improve Motorcycle Safety

by | December 9th, 2013

December 9, 2013

The United States is facing a growing epidemic of motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles. In fact, the Ohio Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that data indicates the number of these accidents has risen each of the past three years.

These numbers have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a prioritized list of recommendations the government should consider implementing to improve motorcycle safety in our country. The recommendations call on local and state governments, as well as motorcycle manufacturers, insurers, and advocacy groups, to take action to raise awareness of these safety recommendations.

Experts tend to agree that the most important changes that need to be made involve how data and research regarding motorcycle accidents is collected. Furthermore, many officials concede that better riding training programs that emphasize the importance of safety should be developed.

A recommendation was also made to develop a strategy to ensure all motorcycle helmets available to the public meet certain safety standards.

Drugs and alcohol play a contributing role in a large portion of motorcycle accidents, which has prompted officials to also call for stiffer penalties and regulations against impaired driving and riding.

Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve motorcycle safety and are hopeful the campaign will be a success.