Mandatory Anti-Lock Brakes may Reduce Colorado Motorcycle Accidents
In an effort to reduce the growing number of motorcycle fatalities in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute recently petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make anti-lock brakes a mandatory feature of all new motorcycles sold in the United States. Studies conducted by the IIHS found that anti-lock brakes could reduce fatal motorcycle accidents by at least 31% because they would allow riders to fully brake in an emergency. Motorcyclists tend to avoid braking with full force when their bike does not have anti-lock brakes because it may cause the front wheel to lock and increase the chance of a serious collision.
“We hope NHTSA will agree that it’s time to take action to ensure all riders get the benefit of this lifesaving technology,” said Adrian Lund, president of IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute.
Motorcyclists must take every precaution to protect themselves and others while out on the road. Unfortunately, many motorcycle crashes occur due to the negligent actions of another motorist. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., can help you get the compensation you need to reduce your financial burdens after a crash, so you can focus on healing. Call us at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.