Motorcycle accidents only account for a small percentage of the total crashes and fatalities in the State of Florida. In 2011, there were approximately 627,000 registered motorcycles in Florida, representing 3.6% of Florida’s motoring public. Floridians have become accustomed to seeing motorcyclists, due to Florida’s popularity and numerous road rallies. We have been encouraged by the decrease in motorcycle accident since 2008. This is attributed largely by the implementation of Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Coalition and the new rider training requirements.
It is commonly known by and through statistical data that helmets reduce the chances of brain injuries and fatalities following motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, current Florida law does not require every motorcyclist to wear approved safety helmets. In fact, a person over 21 years of age may operate or ride upon a motorcycle without wearing protective headgear, if such person is covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash. §316.211, Fla. Stat. (2006).
So, how do we encourage operators of motorcycles to wear helmets, since our legislature does not believe it is in the best interest of Florida residents. In comes SKULLY, one of many companies mixing technology with motorcycle apparel and equipment. SKULLY has designed the AR-1, an augmented reality Motorcycle Helmet that has the capability to provide the rider with a Heads-Up Display (HUD). The in-helmet HUD has an integrated advanced situational awareness system, which shows the rider navigational information, video for blind spots and video for rear traffic; all of which is to allow the rider to stay focused on the road. The helmet is in its beta testing phase, but I expect this new era of helmets to be on the road in the near future. Here are a few of its key features:
- Lightweight, aerodynamic shell
- 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
- Fully adjustable flow-through ventilation
- Anti-fog, anti-scratch , anti-glare face shield
- Quick release chin strap and visor
- SKULLY SYNAPSE Heads Up Display with voice control
- Visual Navigation
- 180 degree wide angle rearview camera
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
- Interest connectivity via smartphone
I’m big on technology and how it can provide safer operations for everyone on our roadways. Unfortunately, some of the life saving technology isn’t ready for mass production. Motorcycle accidents will continue to happen in Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact the law firm of Brannon & Brannon. We have locations in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Crestview, Florida, and DeFuniak Springs, Florida. When you call, I can ensure that Dennis Brannon or Paul Brannon will speak with you to discuss your legal options. Call today…850-863-5297.
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