This article is a reprint with permission from Metier Law Firm Blog in Denver, CO, Dated December 2012
Like most drivers involved in motorcycle accidents, David Werner did not see the motorcycle in front of him until it was nearly too late.
“The motorcycle brake light was low and small, I didn’t see it, and the rider happened to be wearing a jacket and a helmet that was the same color as [the van in front of him],” Werner said. “So he was almost invisible to me, and I said, ‘Why doesn’t he have a brake light on the back of his motorcycle helmet?’”
This is how Werner came up with the idea for a light in the rider’s helmet that connects with the bike’s brake light. It would help with motorcycle visibility, one of the leading causes of fatal motorcycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that over 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2008. With the help of an engineer, Werner set to work on the prototype.
The helmet hooks up with the motorcycle’s electronics to alert drivers when the biker is either braking or using a turn signal. It also lets riders know when its structural integrity has been compromised. Athletic companies have expressed interest in the technology; alerts that let athletes know when their helmet needs replacing could reduce traumatic brain injuries in sports like football.
It sounds like these lights could help make riders more visible, especially at night. Some brake lights on motorcycles are small or out of sight to some vehicles – a helmet light is much harder to miss. If another driver injured you on your motorcycle because they did not see you, we can help you seek compensation for medical bills, property damage and pain and suffering. Call us today at (866) 377-3800 today, or visit our site for more information about Denver motorcycle accidents.
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2 Responses to Denver Accident Lawyers Examine New Helmet Brake Light
1. Edgar Law Firm says:
December 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm
This sounds like an exciting and practical solution to prevent motorcycle accidents and mitigate head injuries at the same time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 41 percent of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle happened while the vehicle turned left in front of the motorcycle, suggesting that the motorist did not see the motorcycle before he or she made the turn. More lights could increase visibility, which could decrease motorcycle accidents and deaths.
2. Harrell & Nowak, LLC says:
December 10, 2012 at 11:35 am
The Hurt Report, possibly the most in-depth study on motorcycle accidents in the United States, says that the leading cause of motorcycle accidents is drivers failing to notice motorcycles or noticing them too late to prevent an accident. Helmet lights would probably aid in increasing motorcycle visibility, and widespread use of these helmets could help prevent many motorcycle accidents. Also, the way it indicates failing structural integrity could reduce brain injuries as well.