Is New Technology Good or Bad for Motorcyclists?
Motorcyclists have a variety of items they can use to make riding more enjoyable and safe. However, some of the new technology can also increase the risk of motorcycle accidents. Below are four high-tech gadgets that may be fun to use but can cause enough of a distraction to place the rider in danger.
These cameras capture everything about your ride from your perspective. Go Pro cameras have also been advertised as an effective means of proving fault in a motorcycle accident. While this makes for a very cool video of your ride, it can be too tempting to take risks to get an amazing video for YouTube. The use of the Go Pro camera may not be dangerous; however, documenting stunts and taking risks can create a dangerous situation for yourself and others.
Bluetooth Headsets and Intercom Systems
Communicating with your passenger and other riders in a group may seem essential and enjoyable. However, talking on a cell phone while riding a motorcycle is just as dangerous as using a cell phone while driving a car. If you are focused on your conversation, you are not fully focused on the road ahead. Your lack of focus could lead to a motorcycle accident.
Global Positioning Systems
Global positioning systems (GPS) are now available for motorcycles. While a GPS is a great way to ensure you don’t get lost, especially when on a long motorcycle ride in an unfamiliar area, a GPS can be very distracting. It is important to keep both hands on the handlebars at all times to maintain control and to be prepared in the event you need to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Only use GPS when you are pulled over at a safe location.
Heads-Up Display Helmet (HUD)
The Skully AR-1 Helmet has to be one of the most incredible pieces of technology for motorcyclists today. The helmet has an 180-degree camera to allow the rider to see everything going on around him through a see-through display in the visor. However, a HUD can be extremely distracting causing the rider to crash because he is more focused on the display than on the road.
Distracted Driving Accidents and Motorcycles
Distracted driving is just as big of a problem for motorcyclists as it is for other drivers. Motorcyclists much pay close attention to the road in order to avoid collisions because other drivers are not paying attention to motorcycles. If a motorcyclist allows himself to be distracted by gadgets, he risks hurting himself and others.
Call a Fresno Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in the Fresno, CA or surrounding Central California Valley area, our Fresno motorcycle accident attorneys want to help. You can reach Torem & Associates by telephone at (888) 859-4434. You may also chat with a representative online or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, physical pain, and emotional suffering from the driver who caused the collision. However, you must act quickly and take steps to protect your legal rights. Call our office now to speak with an attorney.