In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes, which represented an
8.3 percent increase from 2014. The rise in fatalities makes it even more
important to find new ways to improve motorcycle safety. One company may
have a high-tech answer — a wearable air bag.
Alarming Motorcycle Crash Statistics
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants
to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. In addition, they are nearly
five times more likely to be injured.
Motorcyclists face challenges on the road due to their size and visibility.
In many cases, drivers fail to detect a motorcycle when changing lanes
or fail to recognize when a motorcyclist is slowing down.
When crashes due occur, motorcycle riders and their passengers are more
prone to injury and death because they are largely unprotected from impact.
Helmets can help protect motorcyclists from serious head injuries. In
fact, NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists
in 2013. However, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and serious internal
injuries are also common. Even road rash, which is caused when concrete
rubs against the skin, can lead to permanent injury.
Need for New Protective Motorcycle Gear
Modern technology may have a solution to help protect the neck, chest,
spine, abdomen and hips in a motorcycle crash. At the Consumer Electronics Show,
In&Motion introduced a novel new technology — a wearable airbag vest. According to the company, the smart protection
system uses integrated sensors to measure the motorcyclist’s movements
in real time. Based on the data gathered, a predictive algorithm can detect
unavoidable falls or accidents and inflates the airbag in less than 100
The airbag vest is currently in the testing phase, so it is unclear if
the novel protective gear will ever achieve widespread use. However, it
offers hope that technology may offer a new way to protect riders involved
in a San Diego motorcycle crash. In the meantime, we urge all motorcyclists
to ride responsibly and for motor vehicle drivers to exercise caution
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California motorcycle
accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. We are dedicated
to helping injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve.