Baltimore Accident Attorneys: Highway Institute Says Ride with It

Motorcycle enthusiasts tend to place great value on the freedom their bikes provide. So it’s not surprising that motorcycle manufacturers who have started using Automatic Braking Systems (ABS) also known as antilock brakes, have been met with a lot of skepticism — even downright hostility. Bikers tend to cherish their independence, and to take pride in their ability to control their rides — not the other way around.

Typical comments from bike forums around the Web:

  • I would never pay the extra money
  • They add too much weight and cost more to maintain
  • No one has proven that they save lives
  • They made me feel like I was losing the bike
  • A skilled rider should not need them

Over the years, however, antilock brakes have been building a following among bikers. This comment from one biker sums it up simply: All it takes is one time for ABS to save your rear end, and you become a disciple.

One of the biggest fans of the system, of course, is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the IIHS:

  • The rate of fatal crashes is 31 percent lower for motorcycles equipped with optional ABS than for those same models without ABS
  • Collision insurance claims for motorcycles with ABS are filed 20 percent less frequently than for motorcycles without it
  • Systems today can add as little as 1-1/2 pounds to the weight of the bike, so there is no drag on bike performance

Even the best safety system and the most skilled rider, however, cannot always account for the mistakes of others on the road. Bikers who are injured because of the negligence of a fellow roadster have a right to seek compensation for their injuries. And they should be sure to take a knowledgeable attorney of the Baltimore accident attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. along for the ride.