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Should ABS be required for motorcycles?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2024 | Personal Injury

Motorcycle accidents might result in the rider and others suffering serious injuries. Advancements in design and engineering may improve safety, and the inclusion of antilock braking systems on motorcycles could improve safety. However, current federal regulations do not mandate these systems, leaving potential risks for Texas commuters.

Anti-lock braking systems and current law

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) are strong proponents of motorcycle antilock braking systems. The entities filed a second petition with regulators requesting that the government mandate these systems. The IIHS and HLDI have spent a decade registering petitions for a mandate to no avail. Numerous motorcycle manufacturers added ABS voluntarily, but many motorcycles on the road have no such mechanism.

The HLDI conducted research revealing motorcycle collision insurance claims for motorcycles with ABS are lower than those without. The information suggests that ABS could make riding a motorcycle safer, although the driver is still responsible for operating the bike safely.

Recklessness and motorcycle accidents

Antilock braking systems have limitations and provide insufficient assistance to prevent an accident when a reckless driver takes to the road. Such drivers may be involved in a personal injury lawsuit if their recklessness causes others harm. Reckless could include speeding, illegal lane changes or turns, or driving intoxicated.

A personal injury lawsuit may seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses incurred by the victim. Some could request compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages might be possible when the motorist’s behavior is excessively reckless. An insurance settlement could provide sufficient compensation.