Communications between drivers may be available soon

New Jersey residents who own a motorcycle may be wondering if technology exists to help protect them on the roadway. Due to a motorcycle's smaller frame, injuries associated with a car accident could be very serious in nature. Technology allowing motorists to essentially talk to each other while driving could help prevent serious accidents from happening.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working on taking the initial administrative steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology for lighter cars like motorcycles and pickup trucks. Technology of this nature could help motorists exchange basic travel information in order to make driving safer. For example, situations like a driver attempting to pass a vehicle on a two-lane road could become much safer if another driver could alert them that a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane was approaching.

Another reason this new application protects motorists' safety is because it does not collect or record any personal information; its only intention is to help drivers make road conditions safer. V2V technology also does not automatically operate a car's existing system. In other words, it will not influence a driver's steering. The NHTSA is evaluating whether future technology would also influence traffic safety, such as applications that rely solely on on-board sensors. This concept may eventually be blending with the V2V technology.

A motorcycle injury might be preventable if V2V technology is implemented into more vehicles. If a motorcyclist is injured in a collision, additional medical attention beyond hospitalization may be necessary. If physical therapy or chiropractic care is essential to a motorcyclist's full recovery, medical costs could be significant in nature. An individual facing this situation due to another driver's negligence might hire a lawyer who can help them seek financial compensation to assist with bills.

Source: Ultimate Motorcycling, "Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Motorcycles?," Gary Ilminen, Jan. 6, 2015

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