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  • April 24th, 2023

May 2023 is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other motor vehicle operator on our roads. Our four major campaigns include: Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles, focusing on  helping motorists understand standard motorcycle driving behaviors and to learn how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways. Ride Sober or Get Pulled […]

  • March 30th, 2022

Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets was 64.9 percent in 2021, not statistically different at the 0.05 level from 69.0 percent in 2020. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), the only survey that provides nationwide, probability-based, observed data on motorcycle helmet use in the United States. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics […]

  • June 22nd, 2021

The third Monday in June is Ride to Work Day, a day that celebrates the excitement of motorcycle riding. The bike can be a part of your commute, a fun solo activity, or a chance to join together with others. Whatever the case, ensuring that safety comes first is imperative. Read the fact sheet here […]

  • May 25th, 2021

Motorcycle personal protective equipment (PPE), an important traffic safety countermeasure, can include a safety-certified helmet, impact- and skid-resistant jackets and pants, motorcycle gloves, and sturdy, over-ankle boots. NHTSA, State highway safety offices (SHSO), and motorcycle safety groups conduct programs to encourage motorcyclists to use protective gear, especially helmets, but the impact of these programs is […]

  • October 14th, 2019

Motorcycle safety is at a unique juncture. Overall traffic fatalities are increasing, and motorcyclist fatalities also continue to increase and are near their highest level in over 35 years. In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Compared to the 2,116 killed in 1997, the past 20 years have seen a […]

  • April 2nd, 2019

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May – and during the rest of the year – drivers of all other motor vehicles are reminded to safely Share the Road with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Additionally, to help reduce motorcycle collisions and injuries and to help save lives, NHTSA has launched […]

  • December 13th, 2018

This report has the objective of presenting a problem identification that was done on motorcycle (MC) crashes with the goal of establishing and improving countermeasures for reducing these crash frequencies and severities in the future. The IMPACT displays are based on a comparison of two subsets, both restricted to multiple-vehicle crashes, and both of which […]

  • October 12th, 2018

In this safety report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) assesses select risk factors associated with the causes of motorcycle crashes in the United States. The Federal Highway Administration provided the data analyzed in this report from its 2016 Motorcycle Crash Causation Study (MCCS). The MCCS represents the most recent data available for studying motorcycle […]