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Is a head-up display for motorcyclists a good idea?

In our immediate past post about Texas motorcycle accidents, we presented the position of one pundit who says two- or three-wheeled vehicles may actually be safer than cars. The foundation of the argument was that experienced, trained and serious aficionados are generally better able to avoid accidents. And, that means fewer injuries or deaths from motorcycle crashes.

One of the key points supporting his argument is that motorcycle riders face fewer distractions than drivers of enclosed vehicles do. That is, they don't have the possibility of unruly kids to control in the back seat; they can't eat or drink while on the road; and they aren't distracted by texting or other eye-catching displays. But apparently that could change in the near future.

Motorcycle maker BMW Motorrad is said to be unveiling a head-up display. According to reports, the technology projects important traffic or vehicle information on a clear screen in the rider's field of view. It seems to be kind of like Google Glass.

The display can be programmed to provide the information that the rider considers to be most important for supporting safety. Data such as tire pressure, oil and fuel levels could be shown. And as vehicle-to-vehicle communication advances, it might be possible to receive warnings of possible hazards ahead. It might also be able to provide a route display for better navigating.

We suspect that most would agree that technology is a wonderful thing. If it's properly used it should enhance the human experience. But it seems fair to wonder whether a head-up display capability for motorcyclists might introduce a visual distraction that would erode the claim that motorcycles are safer than cars.

To be clear, motorcyclists already have a right to be on the road and improving safety can only be a good thing. But, as safe as any motorcycle rider may be, there is no way to prevent accidents caused by the negligence of others.

When they happen, the skill of an experienced attorney may be helpful in assuring that motorcycle crash victims and their families obtain necessary compensation.

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