IIHS Petition for Mandatory Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brakes

motorcycle-crash_7206369-300x133The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute recently filed a petition requesting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require all new motorcycles sold in the United States to feature anti-lock brakes. The petition states that anti-lock brakes may be able to prevent at least 4,000 of the motorcycle accident fatalities that occur each year in the U.S., as well as thousands of motorcyclist injuries.

According to IIHS studies, anti-lock brakes could potentially reduce fatal crashes by 31% by allowing riders to brake properly in emergencies. Without anti-lock brakes, when a rider uses full force to brake, there is a high risk that the wheel may lock and create a much more dangerous situation. Some injured riders have even claimed that they were afraid to brake as hard as they could for fear of the wheel locking up.

The president of IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute, Adrian Lund, said, “We hope NHTSA will agree that it’s time to take action to ensure all riders get the benefit of this lifesaving technology.”

Motorcycle accidents can have serious consequences for riders, even when they are wearing proper safety gear. If a car or truck does not notice a motorcyclist in time, the rider can be thrown from the bike and suffer catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash, please call our experienced Beverly Hills injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley for a free consultation about your legal rights and options. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve from those responsible for your losses.