NHTSA’S KNOWLEDGE BASE
NHTSA’S MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
NHTSA’s Motorcycle Safety Program promotes the Department of Transportation’s
highest priority – safe transportation. It includes only brief synopses
of the many activities the agency will pursue in reducing the number of
motorcycle crashes and the fatalities and injuries associated with these
devastating incidents. The problem of motorcycle fatalities and injuries
is not NHTSA’s alone to solve. States, local jurisdictions, national organizations
and individuals each have the responsibility for ensuring motorcycle safety.
NHTSA’s program focuses on crash prevention, which is the area that has
the greatest potential to offer a safety payoff for motorcyclists but
also addresses the areas of injury mitigation and emergency response.
Personal protection is the best weapon against injury mitigation when
a crash does occur, followed by rapid emergency response.