Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to cause motorcyclists to lose their lives or to be seriously hurt, as compared with the risks a collision presents to occupants of passenger vehicles. Prevention of motorcycle accidents is a top priority because of the dangers to motorcyclists and others on the road. New, there are reports indicating technologies are under development which could make a big impact in reducing motorcycle accident risks.
While these technologies are not yet on the market, they could help in the future to keep riders safer. Still, no matter what technologies are developed, the ultimate responsibility to prevent motorcycle accident will remain with motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles sharing the road with motorcycles.
If a collision happens and someone is hurt as a result of a motorcycle crash, an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney can provide assistance to victims in pursuing a claim for compensation.
Could Technology Help Reduce Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Risks?
Reports of the technology under development could make a big impact on the risk of Atlanta motorcycle collisions. In fact, according to CNN Money, BMW seems so confident in the ability of technology to eliminate crash risks that the company believes motorcycle riders will not require helmets or padded clothing in the future. The car maker is thus developing not only a new type of motorcycle which will be safer for riders but is also developing new goggles to replace helmets and new motorcycle gear drivers can wear instead of padded clothing.
The BMW technology being developed includes self-balancing wheels so a motorcycle will not tip over. It includes a system allowing motorcycle riders to communicate with other cars to prevent collisions. It features an electronic safety cage to help protect motorcycle riders. It includes road sensors which will help with crash prevention. The goggles that BMW is developing also incorporate crash prevention technology. The goggles will warn riders of emergencies and will give riders different information they need depending upon which direction they look in.
BMW isn’t the only one working on technology aimed at reducing the risks of motorcycle accidents. According to Road and Track.com, Honda is developing a self-balancing system for its motorcycles. This feature should provide help to new riders and to riders who routinely engage in low-speed maneuvers and slow-speed travel. It will reduce the chances the bike will tip over.
While all of these technologies could make an impact on reducing motorcycle accident risks, they are currently only found on concept bikes from BMW and Honda right now. There is no timeline announced for putting these crash prevention technologies onto actual motorcycles that people can buy. It could be years before the technologies are actually ready for public use.
Even when they are ready and are incorporated into bikes, there is no guarantee that technology will always work as expected. Motorcycle riders and drivers shouldn’t expect technology will be a foolproof way to avoid accidents and every motorist on the road will remain responsible for making safe choices to prevent crashes, regardless of what technologies are implemented in vehicles.
The Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.