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Could airbags help keep me safer on my motorcycle?

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2017 | Motorcycle Accidents |

If you are an avid biker, you are likely already aware of the safety risks involved every time you hit the road in Allenhurst, especially compared to the other vehicles around you. In addition to cars being bigger and more enclosed, another safety advantage they have over motorcycles is their use of airbags. While airbags are not standard features on motorcycles, there are still a few ways that you could take advantage of the technology to help protect you should you get in an accident.

According to Auto Evolution, to date, only one manufacturer has made a bike that comes equipped with an airbag. There are numerous reasons why installing them on most motorcycles is difficult. To begin with, if you were to be involved in a collision, chances are you would fly off the seat of your bike. Therefore, being able to position an airbag on the bike in a place that it would provide you any protection would be problematic. Secondly, many motorcycles, especially ones that are built for speed, simply lack the space that is required for an airbag and all of its components.

Another factor is time. Airbags need a certain amount of time to inflate and in the case of a motorcycle crash, the bag may inflate after you have already been thrown off the bike. However, some companies have found a way that airbags can help motorcycle riders, namely by making them wearable.

You can currently purchase jackets and vests that come equipped with inflatable airbags. There are a few different ways these bags can be triggered to inflate and they may help to lessen crash injuries to the torso, collarbone and neck areas. However, the best way to remain safe and injury-free is to always obey the rules of the road and be aware of what is happening around you.