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Is touchscreen technology safe for motorcyclists?

| Aug 19, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents

Soon, motorists may not be the only ones who are able to follow navigational technology or interact with a voice-activated device while traveling down the road. If you are a motorcyclist in Tennessee or anywhere else across the country, you are now able to enjoy these luxuries. Several motorcycle manufacturers have designed and are implementing touchscreen technology for use in high-quality bikes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your chances of getting injured or killed in a traffic accident are significantly higher if you are on a motorcycle. In fact, you are 26 times more likely to get killed in a collision that you would be if you were traveling in a car. This stems from the fact that motorcycles lack certain safety equipment, such as seat belts and airbags, and do not have the protective shell that cars have.

That is why some people are opposed to motorcycle touchscreens, saying that the added distraction can increase the risk of a devastating accident, according to Bloomberg Pursuits. Others argue that this improved technology can actually help to prevent motorcycle collisions, assisting bikers in developing better technique by indicating lean angles, braking and acceleration information.

In addition to these functions, touchscreens can help bikers navigate through traffic, sync to smartphones and alert the biker when there are bad weather conditions. There are also mechanical features that will alert you when you have a flat tire or will point you in the direction of the closest gas station when you are getting low on gas.

 This information is intended to educate, and should not be used as legal advice. 

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