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Can new technology prevent more motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious injuries and fatalities in New Hampshire. Because motorcycles do not offer as much protection as other motor vehicles, motorcyclists face more risks on the road. 

Motorcyclists are at risk for being in an accident regardless of the type of road they are travelling on. However, reports show that almost half of motorcycle collisions with other vehicles happen in intersections. This is pretty high, especially since only 21 percent of accidents involving other vehicles happen in intersections in the country. 

Motorcycle collisions in intersections can cause horrific injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, many of these crashes are caused by other motorists and there is only so much motorcycle riders can do to prevent an accident. However, the risks may soon decrease for all motorists on the road thanks to new technology being tested and installed in new vehicles. 

Some vehicles already have new technology features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning systems and collision braking systems. In addition to these features, new technology like Intelligent Transport Systems can help vehicles communicate with each other to avoid collisions as well as improve traffic flow. 

Another technology feature that could help reduce collisions is the "Car 2 Car" technology that alerts vehicles of other approaching vehicles. This feature could be very beneficial for reducing collisions with motorcycles as vehicles would be alerted to an approaching motorcycle that the driver may not have been aware of, increasing the risk of a collision. 

There is also another technology feature called "smart intersections" that would alert drivers and motorcyclists about traffic conditions. This technology could also alert motorcyclists about vehicles that may potentially run a red light or turn in front of them in the intersection because they didn't see the motorcycle. 

These new technology features could help decrease the number of collisions at intersections, as well as reduce collisions involving motorcycles in the U.S. However, technology can only do so much and drivers still need to be responsible and watch out for motorcyclists on the road to truly see a reduction in motorcycle accidents in the future. 

Source: Cycle World, "Crossings: Intersections are Dangerous," John L. Stein, Sept. 26, 2013

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