Safety Topics

​NTSB Safety Topics regularly receive the attention of our advocacy efforts. We encourage you to learn more about the safety topics below and take action to address the safety concerns identified.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Connected-Vehicle Technology (V2X)

automated vehicles image​​​​Connected-vehicle technology enables commercial and passenger vehicles to communicate with each other, with the infrastructure, and with other road vehicles, such as motorcycles. It is also described as vehicle to everything (V2X), an umbrella term covering the various elements with which vehicles can communicate.

Go to​ the V2X​ Page.​​​

Automated Vehicles

automated vehicles image​​Since the first fatal crash in the United States in 2016 that involved a vehicle operating in automation mode at the time of the collision, the NTSB has investigated numerous crashes of vehicles equipped with various automation capabilities​.

Go to​ the Automated Vehicles Page.

Distracted Driving

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention away from the driving task.  Crash data and research indicate personal electronic devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are one of the greatest contributors to driver distraction.

Go to the Distracted Driving Page.

​​​.O5 BAC per se​ Limit

It's been a decade since NTSB has recommended that all states, DC, and Puerto Rico establish a per se blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of .05 g/dL or lower for all drivers.​​​

Go to the .05. Per Se BAC Limit Page. 

​Teen and Young Driver Safety

young driver image​​Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens. Teen drivers have a disproportionately high rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their lack of skills and experience.

Go to​ the Teen and Young Driver Safety Page.​​​

​​​School Bus Safety

schoolbus imageEvery day across the country, nearly 500,000 buses carry more than 25 million students to and from school and activities.

Go to​ the School B​us Safety Page.​​​

Child and Youth Transportation Safety

child safety imageThe NTSB Child and Youth Transportation Safety Initiative will promot​e child occupant safety in all modes of tran​sportation with a focus on educating parents and caregivers about ways to keep children safe when traveling.

Go to​ the Child and Youth Transportation Safety page.

Motorcoach Fleet Safety

Bus imageMotorcoaches are integral to our economy. While the number of motorcoaches involved in fatal crashes is trending downward, we must continue to work together to ensure the safe transportation of passengers on our ​ roadways.

Download the Motorcoach Fleet Safety information card.​​​​

Truck Safety

Truck image.Commercial trucking is integral to our economy and our American way of life. However, large trucks introduce a disproportionate hazard to passenger vehicle occupants ​involved in a crash due to their sheer size, weight, and physical properties.

Go to the truck safety page

Motorcyclist Safety

Motorcyclist image.Motorcycles made up 3% of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2016 and accounted for only 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled. Per registered vehicles, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2016 was six times the fatality rate​ for passenger car occupants. In 2016, motorcyclist fatalities increased more than 5% over 2015.

Go to the motocyclist safety page

​Download the Motorcyclist Safety information card.