The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released an evaluation of the federal and state government work concerning motorcycle safety. Within their evaluation, the GAO has called for major improvements in how governments increase motorcyclist safety in order to prevent accidents, injuries, and death.
The GAO made two suggestions, which have been supported by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). First, Congress should give states more flexibility in how they use federal highway safety funds, allowing them to address motorcycle safety issues in new ways. States can only spend funds currently on raising awareness of motorcycles on the road and providing motorcyclist training.
The GAO suggests that funds be used for enforcing helmet and safety laws, supporting motorcycle advisory committees, developing plans for motorcycle safety, improving motorcyclists licensing, and creating programs that encourage helmet usage and safe riding while preventing dangerous behaviors including impaired riding.
The second suggestion is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide information to states that can be used to reduce motorcyclist injuries and accidents. It is recommended that the NHTSA work toward resolving gaps in knowledge concerning motorcycle accidents and finding which approaches work best in promoting safety. Currently, the NHTSA is planning on releasing a guide to motorcycle safety research efforts in early 2013.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to seek compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional losses you have suffered. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills, CA motorcycle accident lawyers have been successfully representing injured victims for years and can apply our experience and resources toward making your case a success. To learn more about how we may be able to assist you, call 213-514-8332.