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Motorcycle accidents may be less dangerous with in-suit airbag

If there was a way for you to prevent injury to yourself or others in a motorcycle accident, it would probably make sense to have it. However, this new technology is still waiting to pass inspections by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Still, it's an exciting day in the world of protective motorcycling gear, and it may yet save people involved in motorcycle accidents.

According to reports from March 18, the new wearable air bags that some cyclists are wearing while they race at speed of 150 mph or more are saving lives, and they may become more common in the future. These into motorcycle races, for instance, know that at their top speeds surpassing 140 mph, a crash can kill. But, the wearable air bag can now prevent injuries by deploying before you hit the ground.

The news reports that the suits worn by riders come with air bags installed in critical spots. That includes along the collarbone and shoulders. The compartments inflate on their own, so drivers who fall off or crash their bikes can actually get up and walk away with few, if any, injuries. This suit is not available for purchase in the U.S. yet, but it's been undergoing the approval process. Once it's approved, it could hit the market in the states as early as the end of 2014.

That's good news for anyone who has been worried about wrecking on a motorcycle. The suit would recognize when you're going to crash or be hit, and that could save your life. One motorcyclist reported that his first two D-airs, the name of the airbags, were purchased overseas. He said they've never deployed when he wasn't in danger from falling. At the moment, the safety equipment runs around $5,000, but that's a small price to pay for your health and safety.

Source: Bloomberg, "Motorcycles at 150 MPH Made Less Risky With Wearable Air Bags" Anthony Effinger, Mar. 18, 2014

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