Smart Helmets: New Bicycle Safety Technology Offers Promise for the Future


July 19, 2012

An emerging technology may soon provide additional safety for bicycle accident victims and assist Georgia bicycle accident victims in seeking financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit for their injuries.

A winner of Toyota’s Ideas for Good competition has developed a smart helmet that may function as a “black box” for bicyclists. The idea is similar to black box data recorders contained in many tractor-trailers that record and preserve critical evidence in a commercial trucking collision.

The black box bicycle helmet consists of a small circuit board, two accelerometers and three gyroscopes that measure the head's impact force, movement and tilt during a crash. Much like a black box used in trucking accidents the smart bicycle helmet would preserve crucial evidence regarding the causes of a bicycle accident which would be available for use by a bicycle accident victim during litigation over personal injuries suffered in a serious bicycle accident.

While the current black box helmet concept involves evidence preservation for litigation of personal injury claims involving serious injuries or fatalities suffered in a bicycle accident, this concept could also presumably be adapted for collision avoidance systems. Collision avoidance systems are now becoming more common in cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles. The system could detect potential collisions and alert the bicyclist prior to a collision.

Because bicycles are slower and have less ability to quickly maneuver to avoid a Georgia bicycle accident, this type of helmet-based anti-collision system for bicycles might need to sound an alarm that the motorists could also hear. Drivers in automobiles have more ability to maneuver their vehicle quickly so sounding an alarm for a driver who is on course for an impending collision with a cyclist might prevent Georgia bicycle accidents.

While this technology is both interesting and promising in terms of eventually making Georgia bicyclists safer, it is still more science fiction than actual technology ready to be implemented because of cost considerations. The circuit boards for these smart bike helmets that are devoted exclusively to recording data as opposed to providing a crash avoidance system is $800, which makes for a pretty expensive bicycle helmet.

Bicycle accidents claim the lives of over 600 people annually and result in injury to another 51,000 cyclists. Because many bicycle accidents that do not result in serious injury are not reported, the number of bicycle riders who are injured in bicycle accidents is probably substantially higher. While there have been enormous advances in terms of motor vehicle safety, innovations in bicycle safety technology have been virtually non-existent. Hopefully, new emerging safety advances like smart helmets may make cycling enthusiasts much safer.

If you or a close family member has suffered serious injury or wrongful death in a Georgia bicycle accident, the experienced Georgia bicycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are firmly committed to providing our best efforts for our bicycle accident clients. This commitment is part of our ongoing mission to firmly establish a reputation as the best Georgia bicycle accident lawyers. Our Georgia bicycle accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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