Motorcycle accidents are often caused by abrupt braking.
Even experienced bikers may overbrake, causing the wheel to lock, which often results in the motorcycle skidding and the biker getting thrown off the bike. Motorcycle accidents due to sudden braking can occur in an instant.
Anti-Lock Brake Systems on Motorcycles
Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) have been available for motorcycles since 1988, when BMW introduced the first motorcycle with ABS. This safety system helps bring any vehicle come to a stop without locking up the wheels and helps motorcyclists avoid accidents caused by overbraking. The system can regulate any pressure on the wheels into pulses. This is why even harsh braking does not result in any uncontrolled skidding or accidents. The wheels come to a stop as soon as you apply the brakes but do not lock up.
Many of the latest bikes come with ABS but not all of them. Some motorcycle manufacturers are reluctant to make ABS a standard, giving an excuse of expense and the potential risk of malfunction. Check whether your motorcycle is equipped with an ABS system. Bikes with ABS system are exposed to 37 percent lower risks of getting involved in fatal road accidents than bikes without an ABS system. Make sure that your motorcycle is equipped with this life-saving safety feature.
Motorcycle Safety Requirements
It will soon become mandatory for all motorcycle manufacturers in the European countries to install an anti-lock brake system in every motorcycle they manufacture. The law will take effect in 2016. This has sparked a new debate in the United States about whether ABS should be made mandatory in the U.S. as well. Some experts believe that ABS should be a standard as it would help reduce motorcycle accidents.
Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Even with ABS installed in your bike, you may still get involved in a motorcycle accident. If you suffer an injury from a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills and lost earnings. Contact an experienced Chicago motorcycle accident attorney to know your legal rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.