The riskiest way to get around is seated on the leather or vinyl saddle of a motorcycle, according to a Northwestern University study of passenger deaths from 2000 to 2009.
The study notes that motorcyclists had a fatality rate of 212 per billion passenger miles, meaning that a motorcyclist who traveled 15 miles a day had a 1-in-860 chance of dying the course of a year. This exceeded the rate for drivers and occupants of automobiles and light trucks by a multiple of 29, according to the study.
The federal government estimates that, per mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles in 2019 was nearly 29 times the number of automobile fatalities. In New York certain equipment is required for all motorcycles.
Advances in technology may help make motorcycle riding less risky. There is hope that that will reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a collision.
Let’s examine some new motorcycle safety technology designed to protect riders.
Whether you own a motorcycle or are considering buying one, here are some ways technology can potentially make this mode of transportation, sightseeing, bonding, and recreation a bit safer:
No matter the technology, however, your safety comes down to you. It’s important that all riders and the other motorists drive safely, know their surroundings, and avoid distractions. That’s still the best way of making your way back home again, though, sometimes, no matter the precautions taken, the negligence of another motorist can result in serious personal injuries.
New York State law requires the use of motorcycle helmets for drivers and their passengers. There are high-tech helmets that can help keep you safe.
In one example, Sena, a company built for motorcycle riders and technology enthusiasts, has smart helmets that come with innovative technology. Some of the company’s helmets are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, and can play music, take phone calls, get GPS directions, or shoot video. Some have FM radios, and even an intercom for hands-free communication with other riders. For more information about smart helmets, Digital Trends outlines the best smart helmets of 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets saved 1,872 lives in 2017 and could have saved 749 more if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. As these facts and statistics illustrate, motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets in New York. It’s not only the law; it can be a matter of life and death.
In general, motorcyclists are more vulnerable than drivers of other types of vehicles, despite advancements in technology. A motorcycle provides relatively little protection against impact and often other vehicles are sometimes less aware of motorcycles on the road. That does not mean there is no way to reduce your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident or extent of injury when involved in one.
Motorcyclists must always use their training, experience, and senses to stay safe on the road. They must also follow the rules of the road. Here are a few motorcycling safety tips to keep in mind:
The motorcycle accident lawyers at William Mattar, P.C. have experience identifying potential case issues and tailoring investigations to maximize clients’ recovery for pain and suffering after a serious motorcycle accident. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and are looking for an experienced New York personal injury attorney, we would be honored to review the facts of your case. Contact us today, at (844) 444-4444, or fill out our online form.