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Could Wearable Airbags Improve Motorcycle Safety?

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 milliseconds.

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 around motorcycles.

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.