From your phone and tablet to your TV, car, and entire home, you interact with countless “smart” devices on a daily basis. Now, with recent advancements in motorcycle technology, you can even be smarter when engaging in your favorite activity. Manufacturers are carrying over innovations from the auto industry, but they are also equipping the latest models with solutions that make it safer to ride. Some might even argue that motorcycle technologies have already had an effect on Miami roadways: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Annual Report indicates that there were 9,143 motorcycle crashes in 2018 – compared to an average of 10,019 for 2016-2017.
If you were hurt in a collision, you should reach out to a Miami motorcycle accidents attorney who can assist with filing a claim for your losses. However, you can also read on to learn about the top motorcycle technologies that are enhancing safety for those who love to ride.
- Air Bag Equipped Clothing: The same air bag technology that protects you in a car accident is now available in the clothing you wear when riding your motorcycle. You can purchase vests, jackets and bodysuits with smart airbags, which deploy within milliseconds when sensors in the clothing detects an accident is about to occur.
- Adaptive Headlights: As a rider, you probably experience frustration with the small size and limited visibility provided by your headlights. They do not do a good job of illuminating conditions as you are turning and rounding corners. Adaptive headlights are available on some motorcycles, and you can purchase them as an aftermarket feature. The technology uses sensors to pivot the lights in the direction you are turning, instead of remaining stationary with the bike.
- Tire Pressure Monitors: Low tire pressure increases the risk of motorcycle accidents because it makes the bike harder to handle. You have always been vigilant about checking your tire pressure often, but this technology alerts you when the tires are low – so you will know when to pump up.
- Automatic Clutch and Shift: One of the biggest issues with new riders is lack of experience using clutch and shift gears, especially those who do not drive a manual transmission car. Some manufacturers have already implemented automatic shifting on motorcycles, and it is likely that more will follow.
- COMING SOON – Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) Communication: Through a short-range radio network, your motorcycle can actually communicate with cars nearby, alerting other drivers to your presence. With motorcycle visibility being such an issue, V2V ensures you are seen.
Contact a Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Regarding Your Legal Options
While no advancements will completely eliminate the potential for serious accidents, these examples of motorcycle safety features demonstrate that your bike is actually trying to help you avoid them. To learn more about your rights as the victim of a crash, please contact the offices of Gerson & Schwartz, PA in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys who can answer your questions and provide additional information.