NHTSA Launches Five-Year Motorcycle Safety Plan

Agency Seeks to Reduce Injuries and Fatalities


In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a five-year plan in response to a long-term trend that has seen the number of fatal motorcycle accidents on America’s roadways more than double in the last 20 years. According to data collected by the NHTSA, more than 5,100 people died in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2017, compared to just 2,116 in 1997. In 1997, motorcyclist fatalities represented 7% of all deaths on the roadways. Today, they represent 17%.

The agency acknowledges that the primary cause of the rise in injuries and deaths is the increased popularity of motorcycles. Compared to others on the road, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision with another vehicle, and the annual economic costs are nearly $13 billion.

The NHTSA five-year plan includes:

  • Providing riders with greater access to training and educational programs
  • Increasing helmet use
  • Increasing the percentage of bikers who are properly licensed
  • Increasing visibility of bikers and bikes on the roads
  • Reducing instances of impaired driving
  • Improving roadway design
  • Increasing enforcement of motorcycle safety laws

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