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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