As dangerous as “blind spots” are when changing lanes in a car, more so are they when changing lanes in a bike. The thundering noises surrounding those who ride in cruisers with an open helmet, as well as the lateral visibility blocked by the closed helmets of those who ride sport bikes, are factors that contribute to accidents that happen when riders change lanes without noticing a vehicle in their blind spots. Hence the need for all (drivers and specially riders) to turn their heads and check for vehicles in those spots before changing lanes.
New Safety Technology
Thankfully, new safety technology for bikers is on the way. According to a recent B.B.C. article, new safety systems that alert riders of vehicles in their blind spots, as well as other hazards, will soon be available in motorcycles. For example, one feature included in these systems warns riders when they are traveling to fast to safely negotiate an upcoming curve.
Motorcycles: Dangerous Mode of Transportation
According to a 10 year (1998-2008) statistical analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.), 5290 motorcyclists were killed during 2008 in traffic accidents (an increase of 2 percent over the 5174 killed under similar circumstances during 2007). There were 96,000 motorcyclists injured in accidents during 2008. The same report shows that motorcycles made up for nearly 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2007, accounting for only 0.4 percents of all vehicle miles traveled. Yet, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were 37 times more likely to get killed and 9 times more likely to get injured in a traffic accident than the occupants of a car.
Hence the importance of these new safety features, some of which will be incorporated into the bikes themselves, while others will be contained within the rider’s helmet.
Always Wear a Helmet When Riding
The N.H.T.S.A. report shows that helmets saved the lives of 1829 riders during 2008. It also shows that had all riders been wearing helmets, an additional 823 lives could have been saved. Therefore, a helmet is an important safety device. How much more important will helmets be once the new safety technology described in the preceding article is added? Much more: just imagine a helmet that not only protects the rider when a crash occurs, but that helps him or her prevent the crash from happening at all by letting them know that there is a vehicle within their blind spot or that they are traveling too fast to safely negotiate an upcoming curve…
Hopefully, once that technology becomes available, we will see less traffic accidents involving riders. In the meantime, if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, we urge you to contact an attorney with experience handling these cases. The Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many motorcycles accident cases throughout more than 60 years of combined experience and can assist you in recovering the compensation you may be entitled to. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.