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Harley electric motorcycle in production, critics question safety

Harley-Davidson is a name synonymous with quality, powerful motorcycles. The brand has spent decades building its reputation and now appears to be considering a different angle: environmentalist. Although the company's latest production efforts of an electronic motorcycle arguably produce a very powerful, very fast bike, the environmental benefits of an electronic bike are also a bonus.

Although the bikes reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in roughly four seconds, a potentially safety issue is the fact that in addition to being fast, the bikes are also very, very quiet. Motorcycles have a long history of getting into accidents because other vehicles cannot see them. The fact that other vehicles may now also not be able to hear them could pose additional problems. 

Electric motorcycles are not new to Southern California. Zero Motorcycles, a top-selling brand of electric motorcycles, are made in Scotts Valley, California. The bikes are used by San Jose State University police and their captain notes that the officers are happy with the "quiet" bikes. Zero anticipates almost 2,500 electric motorcycles will be sold this year and experts predict if a well-known brand like Harley Davidson gets in the game, these numbers could be even higher.

More bikes will likely translate to more accidents. Those who ride motorcycles face a significant risk if involved in an accident, since the riders are not afforded with the same level of protection present to passengers in an automobile. Instead of being surrounded by a metal frame and walls, bikers may only have the protection of leather and a helmet. This, combined with the basic physics of a massive vehicle colliding with a much smaller motorcycle, can lead to catastrophic injuries.

If injured in an accident and the accident was the result of another driver's negligence, compensation could be available to help cover medical and rehabilitative costs. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your options.




Source: San Diego Source, "Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle," M.L. Johnson, June 19, 2014

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