January 11, 2016

Experts have noted that the distractions of electronic devices can be just as hazardous for motorcyclists as they can be for drivers who are behind the wheels of cars and trucks. Riders still want to be connected, taking phone calls and keeping in touch with people. They still want to use the GPS to find out where they’re going. They want to listen to music on the go.

All of this can be a distraction in a car, but the risk on a motorcycle can be even greater because it not only takes a rider’s eyes off of the road, but it also takes his or her hands off of the handlebars. This can send the bike out of control and cause an accident, especially at high speeds.

One solution that has been offered up is a helmet with Bluetooth connectivity. This type of system has been used in automobiles for a while, and it allows things like phones to be connected in a wireless fashion to a vehicle. The same technology can connect the phone right to the helmet so that riders can take a call or change tracks while listening to music, all without picking up the phone.

The helmet is also designed to keep the speakers off of the rider’s ears. They’re a slight distance away so that, while riders can hear the devices, they can also still hear the road.

This system may be helpful and it may limit distractions, but it’s not going to prevent every crash. If you’re injured by a motorcyclist who is distracted in Pennsylvania, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: Gizmodo, “Bluetooth Bike Helmet: Take Calls, Don’t Crash,” Mario Aguilar, accessed Jan. 11, 2016