Despite the colder weather that keeps many Indiana motorcyclists off the road, there is never a bad time to think about road safety when traveling on two wheels. After all, a motorcyclist’s risk of being seriously injured or killed in an accident is much higher than the occupants of the car involved in the collision. Fortunately, motorcycles these days are not only about style and comfort, but also safety.
Rising motorcycle fatalities over the past decade has meant an increase in demand for motorcycles that are designed to reduce accident risks and prevent injuries. One of the more important and beneficial safety features on motorcycles has been the addition of antilock braking systems.
Research indicates that antilock braking systems can reduce fatal motorcycle accident rates by about 31%. In fact, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that antilock braking can benefit both experienced, risk-taking motorcyclists, as well as more cautious motorcycle. Whether you are someone who likes to take risks on the road, or someone who prefers to ride cautiously, you can benefit from antilock brakes on your motorcycle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that antilock braking systems lower fatal crash rates significantly.
In addition, many motorcycles now come with intelligent lighting. Adaptive headlights show you not just what is right in front of your motorcycle, but also what’s around the curve ahead. That can be very beneficial to motorcyclists on a steep, curvy road, especially in poor visibility. While the technology has been available on cars for the past decade, it has only been available for motorcycles since 2011.
Back in 2006, Honda introduced a motorcycle airbag system that functioned just like the airbag systems found in automobiles. However, the trend never really took off, and part of the reason has been the limited effectiveness of a system like this. In fact, when it comes to protection, using cushioning and inflating features, the focus has been on helmets and other gear that can protect a person.
Apart from safety systems in modern motorcycles, a driver should always wear a helmet that is designed for maximum safety, and not just for style. The development of new helmet technology continues as well, with one helmet introduced in 2010 which releases a chemical during impact that actually cools the skull to help reduce brain swelling from a possible head injury. A European company has also introduced an inflatable held bicycle helmet that is currently designed for bicycles, and inflates on impact. The device looks like a collar that inflates to protect the neck from injury during an accident. The concept is interesting and should be easily applied to motorcycles as well. It remains to be seen if motorcycle gear companies will take the initiative.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you can speak to one of the motorcycle accident attorneys at our firm to discuss your claim. Call us today!