One of the most recent safety issues concerning motorcycles are unsafe break systems. Defects in the braking system which increase stopping time and distance or the ability to control the bike in a braking maneuver have been at the forefront of motorcycle litigation over the past decade.
One of the issues with motorcycle brakes involves the manufacturer’s decision to equip motorcycles with anti-lock braking systems (ABS). While manufacturers of other vehicles, such as tractor trailer trucks, install anti-lock brakes on their vehicles, motorcycle manufacturers have lagged behind.
BMW first equipped its motorcycles with ABS in 1988. By the year 2000, most of the European manufacturers equipped their production models with ABS. by 2005, the Japanese manufacturers were offering them as options. Finally, in 2008, Harley-Davidson began to make its bikes with ABS.
In 2008, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) documented the effectiveness of anti-lock brakes in preventing the number of crashes and the fatality rate associated with motorcycle crashes. The IIHS concluded that ABS-equipped motorcycles were involved in 38% fewer fatal crashes than motorcycles without this feature.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call our Toledo, Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys at 800.637.8170 for a free case evaluation or to request your free copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book.