SMARTER Board Vice-Chairperson Xu Simon, Ph.D. and President Dan Petterson, Ed.D. co-presented a session titled Fatal Motorcyclist Crashes - A Look at Ride-along Factors at the national conference of the State Motorcycle Safety Association held in Columbus, OH September 13-16. A number of factors are regularly associated with fatal motorcyclists’ crashes. The term “ride-along” has been used to describe the factors frequently associated with fatal motorcyclist crashes. Do the ride-along factors contribute to causing the crash, contribute to the fatality, both or neither? This presentation addressed these questions.