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Do I Need ABS for My Motorcycle?

Regardless of how safe of a driver/rider you are, motorcycles are inherently less stable than cars. This is especially true during hard braking. Despite the well-documented safety benefits of anti-lock braking systems (ABS), a significant percentage of motorcycles are not equipped with this technology. If you are looking to buy a new motorcycle or already own one, you may be wondering “do I need to have ABS for my motorcycle?”

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, contact our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500. We will answer any questions you may have, explain your legal options, and help you pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses.

How Does ABS Work?

Operating the breaks on a motorcycle is more complicated than on four-wheel vehicles because motorcycles have separate brakes for the front and back wheels. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, braking is one of the most essential, yet difficult skills for riders to learn. Braking too hard on a motorcycle can cause wheel locking, which makes it difficult for the rider to maintain control and increases the likelihood of a crash.

With ABS, there are sensors that monitor the rotational speed of the wheels and relays signals to electronic control units to regulate brake pressure and respond to changes in the road’s surface. ABS makes your motorcycle safer by automatically reducing brake pressure when it detects that a lockup is imminent, and helping to maintain traction when tires reach their maximum braking limit.

Safety Benefits of Motorcycles with ABS

  • Reduced Accidents– About one-third of all fatal motorcycle crashes could be prevented with a federal ABS mandate. The Highway Loss Data Institute found that riders with ABS-equipped bikes filed collision claims 23 percent less frequently than riders without it.
  • Fewer fatalities– The fatality crash rate is 31 percent lower for motorcycles with ABS than bikes than those without it. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, ABS-equipped motorcycles are 37 percent less likely to be involved in fatal crashes.
  • Shorter stopping distances– Improper braking is a major contributing factor in motorcycle accidents. ABS improves braking performance for experienced and novice riders, particularly when it comes to stopping distances. ABS is estimated to reduce stopping distances by as much as 15 percent.

How Our Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to discuss your options. We have over two decades of experience handling motorcycle accident cases and will work to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

With the help of one our skilled personal injury attorneys, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical limitations

Call us today at (281) 283-8500, or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.