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Advances in motorcycle safety tech could save lives

Fatal motorcycle accidents are decreasing in Tennessee and across the United States, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2018, there were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents nationwide, which is a 5% decrease from 2017.

Traffic safety advocates say that several factors may be contributing to the drop, including improved rider training, increased motorcycle awareness among the general public and improvements in motorcycle protective gear. In addition, airbag jackets, carbon fiber equipment and advanced ABS systems are starting to make a difference. However, a few new advanced motorcycle safety technologies currently under development could soon save even more lives.

For example, companies are currently developing vehicle-to-vehicle technology that allows motorcycles and cars to communicate with each other and avoid collisions. According to motorcycle safety advocates, this technology could eliminate up to 80% of all crashes. Meanwhile, BMW's eCall technology, which calls 911 after accidents, is becoming more common and could help emergency workers more quickly locate and rescue injured motorcyclists. Head-Up Display, or HUD, helmets are also in the works. These helmets have front and rear cameras that send video to an augmented reality screen on its visor, helping motorcyclists have a better awareness of their surroundings. Finally, a new product called D30 armor could reduce blunt force trauma in motorcycle accidents. The flexible orange substance hardens on impact to protect motorcyclists and then returns to a flexible form after the collision. It is currently being tested by members of the police and military.

Someone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party may want to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other crash-related damages. An injured victim could learn more about their legal rights by discussing their case with a personal injury attorney.

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