Antilock brakes (ABS) are ubiquitous on passenger cars, trucks and SUVs that travel on California roads and highways. However, they are not required to be installed on motorcycles in the United States, which may put them at a greater risk of getting into an accident.
Why anti-lock brakes are helpful
Without an ABS system in your vehicle, your wheels could potentially freeze in place if you hit the brake pedal too hard. This prevents you from steering or taking other evasive maneuvers to correct a skid or avoid a wreck. On a motorcycle, an ABS system enables you to maximize the traction that you have in an effort to avoid being thrown off of your bike. It also allows you to stop faster while also reducing your stopping distance, which may avoid a collision or reduce or severity.
Why ABS isn’t standard on motorcycles
There are several common arguments made against ABS on motorcycles even if they have the potential to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on American roads. For instance, some believe that they are a hindrance when on dirt, gravel or other loose soils. Furthermore, some riders believe that ABS systems are too heavy or actually work to minimize traction because they activate too quickly. Finally, more experienced riders may believe that they can do a better job of braking on their own compared to an ABS system.
If you are hurt in a wreck caused by a negligent driver or rider, you may receive compensation for medical bills or other damages. Maintenance records showing that a car or motorcycle’s brakes were not adequately cared for may be evidence of the defendant’s negligence. Toxicology reports, witness statements and other evidence may also show that the defendant caused the wreck to occur.