In June 2013, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) petitioned the federal government to require Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) on all new motorcycles. The IIHS claims that fewer motorcycle accidents and fewer accident fatalities would occur if motorcycles had this technology.

IIHS Support for ABS on Motorcycles

In support of its petition to the federal government, the IIHS cites the following statistics about motorcycle ABS:

  • Motorcycles equipped with ABS are 31% less likely to be involved in fatal crashes when compared to motorcycles without antilock brakes, according to IIHS research.
  • Highway Loss Data Institute  (HLDI) information shows a 20% reduction in motorcycle accident insurance claims among bikes with ABS and a 28% reduction in claims for motorcycle rider injury.
  • The HLDI also found that when ABS was used in conjunction with combined braking systems, the reduction in motorcycle accident insurance claims dropped by about 33%.

This is not the first time that the IIHS has reported the possible safety benefits of ABS on motorcycles. IIHS reported on ABS for motorcycles in 2008 and 2010. Now, in 2013, IIHS is adding to the data it has on motorcycle safety and once again recommending that the government make ABS mandatory on new bikes.

ABS Alone Will Not Prevent All Odessa Motorcycle Crashes

Even if we assume that all of the information provided by the IIHS to the federal government is true, not every motorcycle accident would be prevented by this technology. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.