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Can anti-lock brakes reduce motorcycle accidents?

The nation is filled with motorcycle enthusiasts, many of whom live in Illinois. While most of these individuals are wary of new mandatory requirements, they do want the freedom to ride safely on the nation's roadways. For the safety-minded biking enthusiast, any technology that can help them avoid involvement in a motorcycle accident is worth the changes their favorite mode of transport may undergo.

Over the years, safety experts have claimed that adding anti-lock brakes to new motorcycles go a long way in improving the operator's safety. Just last month in September, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted to recommend mandatory anti-lock brakes on all new motorcycles sold in America. The NTSB made its recommendation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an entity that has the authority to make new regulations on motorized vehicles.

Some of the ways that the NTSB believes anti-lock brakes help riders avoid motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Increases reaction time in emergency situations
  • Improves the motorcycle's performance if an emergency arises
  • Reduces skidding and sliding in a crisis
  • Improves the operator's control over the motorcycle in a crash scenario

Unlike situations in which negligence leads to a crash, victims have no one to hold responsible legally when their bikes are simply not equipped to escape motorcycle accident scenarios. As such, it will be interesting to see how the NHTSA responds to the anti-lock braking recommendations.

In the meantime, a great way motorcycle accident victims can help effect change in vehicle regulations is by taking legal action whenever possible. To illustrate, if the NHTSA sees that the lack of anti-lock brakes is a factor in motorcycle accident claims -- even in crashes caused by another motorist -- it may decide that changing the braking regulations is necessary to improve public safety.

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