- Front offset with moderate overlap test: Fatality risk in head-on crashes is 46% lower
- Side Impact Crash Test: Fatality risk in side impact crashes 70% lower
- Rear Impact Test (seat only): Neck injury risk in rear crashes is 15% lower and the risk of neck injury requiring 3+ months treatment is 35% lower
Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a special report that calls for automatic braking system to become standard in all cars. The board asserts that avoidance systems can help to prevent and lessen the severity of rear-end collisions. Since the NTSB does not actually set policy, its report is essentially an appeal to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require new cars and trucks to include an automatic braking system.
In the report, the NTSB cited statistics from 2012 which indicated 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries occurred as a result of rear-end collisions. The board believes that an electronic avoidance system could have mitigated up to 80% of these deaths and injuries.
The automatic braking systems that the NTSB would like to make standard in new vehicles relies on a camera and laser radar technology to stop or slow down a car if it detects an object ahead, including another vehicle. The technology is currently available from most automotive manufacturers as part of a special safety package costing several hundred dollars extra. However, automakers remain reluctant to make it a standard feature.
The NTSB report criticizes “slow and insufficient action” by NHTSA, with regard to implementing this as standard technology in passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as “a lack of incentives for manufacturers” that have the ability to put the technology in more vehicles but only offer it in more expensive models.
The report advises manufacturers to add collision-warning systems and emergency braking into all vehicles. The NTSB also advises consumers to consider vehicles that have collision warning and emergency braking functions.
- Anza, Calif. – Coach 2 Ride
- Rancho Cordova, Calif. – Prairie City
- Campo, Calif. – Golden Acorn Casino
- El Centro, Calif. – Superstition
- Lakewood, Colo. – Thunder Valley MX Park
- Daytona Beach, Fla. – Volusa OHV Training Center
- Columbia, Ga. – Riley
- Maquoketa, Iowa – Jackson County Fairgrounds
- Grand Rivers, Ky. – Grand Rivers
- Fordland, Mo. – Rogersville
- Laurel, Mont. – Butler Property
- Laurel, Mont. – Laurel High School parking lot / Safety Day
- Hamilton, Mont. – Al’s Cycle Yamaha
- Great Falls, Mont. – Rainbow Motorsports
- Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
- Warsaw, N.Y. – Hume Arena
- Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
- Garber, Okla. – Garber
- Prineville, Ore – Prineville Christian Church
- Coal Township, Pa. – Anthracite Outdoor Adventure
- York, Pa. – Don’s Kawasaki Yamaha Polaris
- Elizabethtown, Pa. – Hernley’s Polaris Victory
- Big Spring, Texas – Outback Adventure Track
- San Angelo, Texas – Porter Henderson Yamaha
- Winchester, Va. – Valley Cycle Center
- 9 Miles Falls, Wash. – 7 Mile Park
- Harpers Ferry, W.Va. – Riverfront Motorsport Park
- Reduce alcohol impairment.In 2013, 28 percent of fatally injured riders had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit of .08.
- Reduce speeding.According to the most recent data, 34 percent of riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 21 percent for passenger vehicle drivers.
- Ensure motorcyclists are properly licensed.In 2013, 25 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes did not have a valid motorcycle license, compared to 13 percent of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- Encourage all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.According to NHTSA, when motorcycles crash with other vehicles, the other driver is often at fault. Many states conduct “share the road” campaigns to increase awareness of motorcyclists.