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Can technology protect motorcyclists from distracted drivers?

As the weather warms up, you might be ready to get back on your motorcycle and hit the open roads. However, as a motorcyclist, you know that doing so can be dangerous. Distracted drivers are everywhere in Kentucky, and you are particularly vulnerable if you are riding on a motorcycle.

Could evolving technological advances protect you and other motorcycle enthusiasts? New crash avoidance technology could help alert distracted drivers to dangerous behaviors that lead to accidents. This technology is not a solution to the problem, but it might help reduce the number of people who receive injuries or die in motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accidents are dangerous

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 86 percent of all motorcycle crashes between 2011 and 2015 involved some type of injury or fatality. The majority of these collisions involved a larger passenger vehicle rear-ending a person on a motorcycle. While the study did find that motorcyclists also received injuries in accidents where motor vehicles crossed their path or vice versa, they were far less frequent in number.

A statistician from IIHS estimated that crash prevention technology could have possibly prevented a significant number of accidents. These included 4 percent of the fatal collisions, 10 percent of accidents with injuries and 13 percent of police-documented crashes.

How can technology help?

In that same study, drivers who failed to maintain their lane were responsible for 4 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents and 3 percent of those with injuries. Rather than detecting other vehicles, lane maintenance systems detect where the lines on the road are. Since motorcycles are smaller than the average motor vehicle and generally harder to detect, a system that focuses on the traffic lines on the road are generally more effective at preventing motorcycle accidents.

Front crash prevention is another important technological advancement that could protect motorcyclists and drivers alike. This system warns drivers of possible upcoming collisions and can even apply the brakes if necessary.

Drivers aren't using these technologies

Even when manufacturers equip cars with crash prevention technology, many drivers choose to turn those systems off. Some drivers might feel as if they are more capable behind the wheel than a machine, while others might feel unsettled by the idea that their vehicles could brake on their own. Whatever the reasons, these drivers are keeping motorcyclists at a higher risk for injury or death.

If you received an injury in a motorcycle accident, you may need help paying for your medical bills or dealing with lost wages while you recover. Did you know that distracted drivers can be held accountable for their actions? Many motorcycle accident victims have been able to recover compensation for their injuries through personal injury claims. Since successfully pursuing a personal injury claim often involves demonstrating another person's negligence, working with an experienced attorney is usually a good idea.

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