A recent petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demands a new regulation that would require the installation of antilock brakes on all new motorcycles sold in the United States. It argues that antilock brakes would prevent some of the 4,000 fatal motorcycle accidents that take place in the U.S. each year along with the thousands of motorcycle accident injuries that leave bikers in need of help from an experienced Kentucky motorcycle accident attorney.
The petition was filed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute. It is based on studies performed by the IIHS that examined both the braking capacity of motorcycles and the behavior of motorcyclists in emergency conditions.
The study found that antilock braking systems increased the chances of a motorcycle staying upright during emergency stops by 31 percent, thus reducing the chances of serious injury or death resulting from the rider being thrown to the pavement or falling.
The study also found that, among bikers who had to brake hard during an accident, many were injured because they were afraid to brake as hard as they could, even though it might have prevented their injuries. The fear stemmed from the fact that without antilock braking systems, motorcycle brakes tend to lock up quickly, which can cause serious injuries to the rider. Antilock brakes, according to the IIHS, would allow riders to brake properly in dangerous situations.
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