A recent study published in May, 2018 and supported by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety (IIHS), concluded that despite considerable improvements
in motor vehicle safety over the last 20 years, mortality and morbidity
motorcycle trauma has remained stable or increased. Motorcycle crashes cause far more fatalities
and extensive medical costs than car accidents and severe injuries are
10 times more likely with motorcycle operators if they crash. As road
safety focus is shifting from protecting people in a crash to preventing
that crash from ever happening, a closer look at what is being done to
reduce motorcycle operator injury and death rates is a good place to start.
Study highlights include the need to “identify and quantify the motorcycle
crash population could potentially benefit crash avoidance technologies”
recently made available on passenger vehicles. Researchers worked to review
three classes of passenger vehicle crash avoidance technologies: frontal
crash prevention, lane maintenance, and blind spot detection.
The results of this study were heavily conclusive in that frontal crash
prevention technologies had the largest potential to prevent motorcycle
vs. passenger vehicle crashes. Additionally, the three technologies when
working together had the potential to prevent 10 percent of fatal motorcycle
crashes and 23 percent of police-reported crashes.
Expanding the capabilities of these technologies represents the next great
opportunity to improve motorcycle safety. But researchers are also strong
in stating, “even fully realizing these opportunities can affect
only a minority of motorcycle crashes and does not change the need for
other motorcycle safety countermeasures such as helmets, universal helmet
laws, and anti-lock braking systems.”
While evolving technologies are exciting and can aid in the prevention
of road deaths, the most logical way to minimize injuries and road fatalities
is by keeping bikes and cars out of each other’s way. Reviewing
these simple ride rules for motorcycle enthusiasts will help Hoosiers
live a long-lasting, accident free motorcycle riding life.
The latest available data form the Government Accounting Office (GAO) shows
that motorcycle crashes cost $16 billion in direct costs such as emergency
services, medical costs including rehabilitation, property damage, loss
of market productivity including lost wages, loss in household productivity
and insurance costs, including claims and the cost of defense attorneys.
Even the finest technologies and best motorcycle operators can’t
prevent every accident from happening. Simply put, the careless actions
of another driver can still lead to a devastating motorcycle accident.
Wagner Reese has a team of experienced
Indiana motorcycle accident injury attorneys here for you. We are the best choice to represent you in your claim for
damages caused in a motorcycle or related car accident. We want to assist
you on your road to recovery by lessening the load of medical bills and
other expenses incurred by your motorcycle accident.
Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today at (888) 204-8440 for your FREE
consultation. You can also share additional details with us by
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