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Smart helmet calls for help after crash

Emergency call systems are coming to motorcycles and helmets with a French company the latest to release a helmet that calls for help if you crash.

The Kosmos Smart Helmet has sensors which detect a crash and then uses your paired phone and a proprietary app to contact emergency services.

However, just in case you’ve only had a small fall or dropped your helmet, the system first contacts the rider to check.

If the rider doesn’t respond to cancel within a certain time, the emergency call is placed and provides details on the riders location as well as relevant health information.

It’s not the first helmet with this technology.

Help helmets

Several other helmets that call for help after a crash are also being developed.

They include the Encephalon (Brain) from Nand Logic in the USA, the Indian-made Quin and even a Thai Helpmet. And in December, US college student Ty Uehara won $US2000 to develop his ConTekt helmet that will call emergency (911) if you have been in a crash.

Call bikes

These emergency call systems have been available in cars for some time and are now mandated throughout Europe with motorcycles and possibly helmets expected to be included in the future.

It also may not be long before it is mandated in Australia after an Austroads report last year found that motorcycles should be fitted with the automatic crash call technology to reduce emergency response times which are more lethal in our rural and remote areas.

It points out that motorcyclist deaths have remained stable in major cities over the past decade, but increased in regional and remote Australia by up to almost 50% in recent years.

BMW Motorrad was the first motorcycle company to offer an SOS button in Europe.

BMW's SOS button
BMW’s SOS button

It is not yet available in Australia because of an eCall hardware update and the lack of a nationwide rollout. Telstra also does not yet have the right hardware.

Germany tech company Bosch is the latest to join the hi-tech safety revolution.

The Bosch system uses an “intelligent crash algorithm installed in the vehicle’s inertial sensor unit” to identify a crash via the various sensors such as an accelerometer and lean sensor.

It pairs with their Help Connect phone app to send your location to a Bosch Service Centre.

All of these systems have similar failsafe

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Motorcycle cop rammed by ute

A ute driver has been charged after a Queensland road policing officer’s motorcycle was rammed by a ute in Brisbane overnight (5 July 2020).

Police say the incident occurred about 8.30pm when the officer was conducting traffic enforcement on the northbound lanes of the Gateway Motorway near Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road.

The bike cop detected a ute “allegedly travelling at speed” towards the Old Cleveland Road exit and intercepted it near the Old Cleveland Road off-ramp.

As the officer approached the ute it will be alleged the driver reversed at speed for a distance, colliding with the front of the police motorcycle causing it to fall onto its side and sustain minor damage,” a police statement says.

“The officer suffered minor injuries only.”

The ute was later found in Parkridge Avenue at Caboolture where the alleged driver, a 60-year-old man, was arrested without incident.

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and serious assault of a police officer and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 30. 

Investigations continue.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001397121 within the online suspicious activity form.

Riders dies in Bruxner crash

In northern NSW, a 59-year-old male rider died in a crash yesterday on the Bruxner Highway, about 40km east of Tenterfield.

NSW Police have been told the man was travelling west on the highway in a convoy with other motorcycles, when he became separated from the group and crashed.

New England Police District is investigating the crash and calling for information or dashcam footage.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the rider.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

GoFundMe started for rider’s family

A GoFundMe page has started for the family of Brian Carter, a father of four who died when his motorcycle collided head-on with a Toyota last Friday on the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Police say Brian, 37, was riding south on the Nambour Connection Rd at Parklands when it collided with the car heading in the opposite direction from the Bruce Highway offramp about 11.30am.

“The rider was taken to Nambour Hospital but was declared deceased shortly afterwards,” police say.

A GoFundMe page for Brian’s family has now been started and already raised more than $11,000.

Brian leaves behind his wife Alana and their four young daughters.

Family, friends and the motorcycle community are asked to go to the GoFundMe page help raise some financial support for this young family in their time of need.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the area at the time of the crash or has dash cam vision to come forward.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001325840 within the online suspicious activity form.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Which Occurs More Often in Dallas: Motorcycle or Car Accidents?

(Contributed article for our North American readers)

Motor vehicle accidents injure and kill countless Texans every year. The city of Dallas is no exception. In fact, Dallas has more motor vehicle accidents than nearly every other city in the entire state. 

In 2018 alone, there were 31,950 motor vehicle crashes in Dallas, TX.194 of these accidents were fatal, and 867 resulted in serious injuries to passengers. 

It is important to note, however, that these 31,950 total accidents in Dallas involved various types of motor vehicles. Two of the most common types of vehicles involved in Dallas motor vehicle accidents are passenger cars and motorcycles. But which type of vehicle results in more accidents in Dallas? Read on to find out and learn more about what you can do after an accident in Dallas, TX. 

Dallas Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in General

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 14.47 people per 100,000 died on Dallas streets in 2017. One source notes that Dallas reported 1.57 speeding fatalities per 100,000 people—the most in the United States. Additionally, Dallas had the fifth-highest rate of fatal traffic accidents among the 25 largest cities in the United States. 

To be frank, Dallas roads can be dangerous. However, some types of vehicles can put you and your loved ones at risk more than others. 

Car vs. Motorcycle Accidents: Which Occurs More Often?

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported the following statistics in 2018 with respect to passenger car vehicle accidents: 

  • 487,421  total crashes; 
  • 48,252 non-incapacitating injury crashes; 
  • 8,383 suspected serious injury crashes; and
  • 1,763 fatal crashes.

While Texas did experience a decrease in overall traffic fatalities from 2017 to 2018, these numbers are still concerning. 

With respect to motorcycle accidents, TxDOT reported the following statistics in 2018: 

  • 7,863 total crashes;
  • 2,735 non-incapacitating injury crashes; 
  • 1,844 suspected serious injury crashes; and
  • 436 fatal crashes. 

A quick comparison of the statistics for car and motorcycle accidents in Texas will provide a quick answer—passenger car accidents are by far more common in Texas. However, these numbers don’t necessarily show which type of motor vehicle is more dangerous or more prone to accidents. 

The Real Question—Which Type of Vehicle Is More Dangerous?

Passenger cars are the primary mode of transportation for most Americans. This is the main reason that there are so many more passenger car crashes than motorcycle crashes each year.

However, based on the TxDOT statistics above, less than 1% of the 487,421 total passenger car accidents in 2018 were fatal. This percentage is very small compared to the number of fatal cases in motorcycle accidents. In 2018, nearly 6% of the 7,863 total motorcycle accidents were fatal. 

In fact, in 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a car crash per vehicle mile traveled. Thus, while car accidents occur more often than motorcycle accidents, this does not mean that motorcycle accidents are “safe” by any means. 

Motorcycle Accidents in Dallas

There are numerous reports of motorcycle accidents in and around Dallas, TX. Often, these accidents occur at no fault of the motorcyclist and are instead due to the actions of other negligent drivers. 

The fact of the matter is that regardless of what precautions you take, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than passenger cars. Failure to wear a helmet can make matters even worse. In fact, in 2018, 49% of motorcyclists killed in an accident were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

What to Do Next If You Are Involved in a Car or Motorcycle Accident in Dallas

Regardless of which type of accident occurs more often, the fact remains that there is always a chance that you might be involved in a motor vehicle accident in Dallas. Whether your primary mode of transportation is a motorcycle or a passenger car, if you sustain injuries in a collision, it is important to know your rights and what steps to take.

What Damages You May Be Entitled to Recover

If you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident in Dallas, you may be entitled to damages. Legal “damages” are the “costs associated with your car accident that you might be entitled to receive to help you recover.” [source: https://www.injuryrelief.com/dallas-car-accident-lawyer/]

Damages that you may be able to recover in a motor vehicle accident case include compensation for: 

  • Property damage to your vehicle; 
  • Past and future medical expenses; 
  • Lost wages or lost earning capacity due to your injuries; 
  • Pain and suffering; 
  • Stress and anxiety; 
  • Emotional distress; and 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. 

If any of the above legal damages exist in your case, it is imperative that you take action so that you can begin working toward your recovery. Knowing your rights and what you may be entitled to recover is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. 

When to Start Taking Action

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Dallas, don’t wait. One of the most important things to note about car and motorcycle accidents in Texas is the statute of limitations. 

A statute of limitations is essentially the timeframe in which you must bring a certain type of legal claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a car or motorcycle accident claim is two years. This means that you must file your legal claim within two years from the date of the accident. Failure to do so could result in losing your right to recover compensation. Thus, make sure to act quickly to ensure that you give yourself enough time to bring any legal claims. 

If you are ready to take action, consider reaching out to a motorcycle or car accident lawyer to help you navigate the legal process. If you don’t feel ready to take that step quite yet, you should at least start looking for resources online to help you determine what next steps to take, if any. 

Regardless of where you are in the process, don’t forget to seek medical attention as soon as practicable. Car and motorcycle accidents can cause significant physical and emotional trauma, so make sure you take care of yourself first and foremost. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Holidays start with tragic rider crash

The Queensland school holidays have got off to a tragic start with a 37-year-old male rider dying after a collision with a vehicle at Parklands on the Sunshine Coast today (26 June 2020).

Queensland Police say their preliminary investigations show that around 11.30am a blue motorcycle was heading south on Nambour Connection Road when it collided with a black Toyota travelling north from the Bruce Highway offramp.

“The rider was taken to Nambour Hospital but was declared deceased shortly afterwards,” police say.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the area at the time of the crash or has dash cam vision to come forward.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001325840 within the online suspicious activity form.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Riders should take note to exercise extra caution with the substantially heavier traffic on the roads during the school holidays, especially around tourist destinations.

Serious crash

Queensland Police are also calling for dash cam video or witnesses to a serious motorcycle crash at Yeppoon on Tuesday evening (23 June 2020).

The crash occurred about 8pm on Matthew Flinders Drive.

Police say the rider turned into Poplar Street and “lost control”, hitting a tree.

The 22-year-old man was transported to the Rockhampton Base Hospital for treatment to life-threatening-injuries.

Our best wishes to the rider for a full and speedy recovery.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Watch shocking motorcycle hit and run!

This hit-and-run crash on an LA freeway is shocking, but also amazing as the rider received only minor injuries.

It was recorded by driver Will Panda on his mobile phone about 7pm on Friday (19 June 2020).

“I saw a van coming up behind us with sparks flying and then we caught this passing us by,” he says on his YouTube channel where he posted the video.

“A hit and run driver in Corona smashed into a motorcycle, pinning it under his bumper and dragging it off the highway. We doubled back to see if we could find him but he had run his car into a fence and presumably took off running.

“It looked straight out of a movie, we could not believe it, we hope the motorcyclist is okay!”

According to CBS Los Angeles, the rider is ok, but has complained about pain to his arms and legs.

They report that the driver has not yet been taken into custody or charged.

It seems absolutely amazing that the rider in this hit-and-run incident on an LA freeway received only minor injuries.The wrecked bike is finally dislodged

Hit and run crashes

We have reported on many hit-and-run crashes involving motorcycles over the years.

It seems drivers think they can get away with hitting a motorcycle and doing a runner.

There can be several reasons for this, mainly the fact that a crash wth a motorcycle tends to have minimal impact on a four-wheeled vehicle so it is capable of driving off.

The fact that the bike and rider may be incapacitated also means they are unlikely to be able to give chase.

But we also wonder if there is a growing callous disregard for the health and safety of riders.

Do they view us as having a death wish?

Hit-and-run drivers face heftier penalties if caught, including lengthy jail time, depending on the jurisdiction.

However, they are only charged with leaving the scene of an accident if there is a death, injury, or a tow truck is required and the incident is reported to police.

Not only do drivers face tougher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident where someone is injured, but it also decreases a victim’s chance of survival.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Officer dies in motorcycle crash with ute

A utility driver who allegedly ran a red light and hit a motorcycle killing the rider, a police officer riding home from duty yesterday (18 June 2020), appeared in a Sydney court today.

Tommy Balla, 37, of The Ponds, has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

The rider was Constable Aaron Vidal, 28, who was travelling home to Bligh Park after completing his duties at Sydney City Police Area Command.

NSW Police say the crash occurred at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields Roads, Rouse Hill, just before 5.45pm.

Paramedics found Aaron critically injured and started CPR, but sadly he died at the scene.

Balla was uninjured and taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing.

He was later charged, refused bail overnight and appeared in Blacktown Local Court today where police alleged Balla drove through a red light.

The matter was adjourned to 14 August 2020 with Balla released on conditional bail.

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Constable Vidal attested as part of class ‘332’ on Friday 8 December 2017, after which he commenced duties as a probationary constable at Sydney City. He was confirmed as a constable in December 2018.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has extended his condolences to the Vidal family on behalf of the NSW Police Force.

“My thoughts are with Aaron’s family and fiancée, as well as his current and former colleagues at this difficult time,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“Aaron was one of six siblings and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, at Sydney City.

“Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat side-by-side with him.

“He spent his entire policing career at Sydney City Police Area Command, where he has been part of the Proactive Crime Team since late last year, targeting crimes that directly impact the community.

“On two occasions he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served.

“Prior to joining the police force, Aaron served in the Australian Army, which further demonstrates his commitment to serving and protecting the community,” Commissioner Fuller said.

Constable Vidal’s family has requested privacy at this time.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Report slams wire rope barrier claims

Claims about the safety and cost effectiveness of wire rope barriers have been slammed by a damning report that also found Victoria’s WRB rollout is almost $100m over budget, over time and under-maintained.

The Victorian Auditor General’s report also found there was no evidence to support the claimed safety benefits for motorcycle and scooter riders.

It vindicates much of the criticism by riders skeptical of safety claims and view wire rope barriers as a particular danger to motorcyclists and scooter riders.

While the report looks at Victoria’s rollout of various “safety measures” such as rumble strips and line markings at 20 dangerous locations, it is largely focussed on wire rope barriers with ramifications for all states.

Safety claims overrated

The WRB rollout is a major part of the state’s Towards Zero Strategy that claims “flexible barriers” or WRBs would reduce run‐off‐road and head‐on “serious causality crashes” by up to 85%.

However, the auditor’s report found VicRoads did “not have strong evidence to support this statement” and found that a 46.5% reduction was “more statistically robust”.

More importantly for riders, it found that VicRoads’ crash reduction factors were based on crash data for all vehicle types, mainly cars, not motorcycles.WRB claims

The report says the VicRoads program to target 20 known danger spots contained “no information about how effective flexible barriers are for different types of road users, such as motorcyclists and heavy vehicle drivers”.

“While the Towards Zero Strategy references two studies about the effectiveness of flexible barriers for motorcyclists, neither of these studies have enough data for VicRoads to rely on.”

Maintenance and budget

The auditor’s report also found VicRoads has “failed to properly maintain and monitor the barriers it installed, which increases the risk that they will not perform as intended”.

“If flexible barriers are not properly maintained, then their effectiveness is likely to reduce,” the report states.

Truck wire rope barriers WRBsTruck demolishes wire rope barrier (Image: Seven Network)

It also says VicRoads did not sufficiently plan its flexible barrier installation projects, leading to a budget blow-out of about 22% or $99.9m.

“While flexible safety barriers save lives and reduce serious injuries on Victoria’s roads, they are not as cost‐effective as VicRoads and TAC intended,” the report found.

Australian Motorcycle Council secretary John Eacott says the report is “as damning as the Auditor General could give for a project that has always been queried by riders in Victoria”.

“From personal experience, I can confirm that VicRoads maintenance and repair of WRB relies upon public reports, and is grossly underfunded,” he says.

Motorcycle Riders Association Road Safety Committee spokesman Damien Codognotto says they predicted “the cost of VicRoads illogical fixation on road barriers, at the expense of more effective road safety measures, would prove very bad management of our roads”.

“The claim that wire rope barriers saved lives is not credible. Victorian crash data is inadequate,” he says.

“Add the cost of unnecessary deaths, injuries and property damage and it is obvious VicRoads should be held to account. Heads should roll.”

Recommendations

The report recommends VicRoads and the Traffic Accident Commission develop a better business case, provide “robust” statistics, source peer-reviewed evidence sources, maintain better records and conduct “better asset management maintenance repairs”.

VicRoads and TAC have accepted all recommendations and provided a detailed action plan to address them.

Meanwhile, riders can still make submissions about the perceived dangers of wire rope barriers to a Victorian inquiry into the road toll.

Submissions to the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee will be accepted online until 30 June 2020.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Another rider dies in utility crash

Another rider has died in a crash with a utility; an all-too-common occurrence.

NSW Police say the crash occurred at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields Roads, Rouse Hill, Sydney, just before 5.45pm today (18 June 2020).

Ambulance paramedics started CPR, but sadly the rider died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The male utility driver was uninjured and was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing.

UPDATE: He has now been charged and will appear in court today.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Utility crashes

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We have published far too many articles about crashes involving a motorcycle and utility.

Without suggesting any blame for any of these incidents, it seems that a lot of motorcycle crashes involve a ute.

Just do a search for “ute crash” on our website and you will see.

We suggest riders exercise extra caution when riding near utilities and trucks.

Ute drivers often use them as their work vehicle and may be distracted by calls involving their work.

They can also be loaded up with equipment and tools that could illegally disrupt a clear view of a small motorcycle in traffic.

You should also be aware that in some states, such as Victoria, there is no legal requirement for these drivers to cover their load.

So watch out for hazardous objects that could fall out of them.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Watch: Police hoverbike crashes

We may very well take to the skies on a hoverbike one day, but it could be a while yet if this crash video of a Dubai Police Scorpion hoverbike is an indication.

Thankfully the rider was not hurt in the 30m fall, but you would have to worry about those spinning rotors!

The Scorpion hoverbike is the product of Russian startup Hoversurf and costs $US150,000 (about $A212,500), which is nearly twice the price of the MV Agusta limited-edition Claudio F4.

The first buyers were the cashed-up Dubai police force. Yes, pigs do fly!

Pilot’s licence

The US Federal Aviation Administration has classified them as an ultralight which does not require a pilot’s licence, the Scorpion is available to the general public.

However, don’t get too excited because in some countries ultralights (or microlights) require a special pilot’s licence or at least registration.

It would depend on how the Scorpion is classified based on their weight: ultralight, microlight, helicopter, etc.

The original Hoversurf Scorpion could fly with a rider/pilot for up to 25 minutes, move up to 70km/h (43mph) and carry up to 300kg of weight. Without a pilot it could cover up to 6km.Pigs really do fly over Dubai hoverbikes

It has been stripped down to 114kg for a maximum speed of 96km/h. But it can only fly for 15 minutes at a time with a pilot and 40 without.

Hoversurf says their Scorpion hoverbikes will be delivered between 2-6 months after an order is placed.

Hoverbikes

“Hoverbikes” have been around for a few years now from various tech companies as well as BMW Motorrad whose Hover Ride is currently a toy, but may be considered for future production.

While BMW says their Hover Ride is a futuristic concept, the appearance of the Scorpion on the market may compel BMW and other motorcycle manufacturers to consider to fly rather than ride.

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BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design boss Alexander Buckan says the Hover Ride, made in collaboration with lego, is “full of emotion and creative energy though not laying claim to technological plausibility”.

“Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom.”

Meanwhile, French motorcycle designer Ludovic Lazareth has produced the LM496 or “La Moto Volante” (the Flying Motorcycle).

Their jet-powered motorcycle failed to take off at the launch party in January 2019.

A few months later the company released a video in which the LM496 hovered about a metre above a platform.

It’s not really flying and the bike is tethered on each corner to prevent an accident.

Only five are be built and if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.

More importantly, what happens when power fails?

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com