The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has recently voted on the recommendation that new motorcycles should have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability controls (ESC). Federal requirements already mandate that all new cars must have ABS and ESC. While some motorcycle manufacturers already include this technology in their bikes, it is not a federal requirement. With potential changes on the horizon, some motorcyclists may wonder if these technologies can help them.
How can new technology help motorcyclists?
ABS use sensors and motorcycle brakes to prevent skidding and wheel lockup. By avoiding lockup, drivers have more control of their motorcycle when braking so that they can avoid crashes.
For motorcyclists, using ABS can:
- Shorten stopping distances in wet and dry conditions
- Avoid collisions by giving the rider more control while braking
- Prevent skidding on certain inclement road conditions
- Cut down on the chances of overturning and crashing
ESC is a computerized safety system that helps motorcyclists maintain control of their bike. The system uses sensors to determine if a motorcycle is losing traction and attempts to keep a vehicle stable by applying the brakes and controlling the engine. Both ABS and ESC can work together to give motorcyclists more control in dangerous situations.
What can you do after a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents can happen to anyone, even if they have ABS and ESC installed on their bike. Frequently, these accidents are not the result of a motorcyclist’s actions but because of dangerous circumstances caused by other drivers. Unfortunately, motorcyclists can suffer severe injuries from any crash or collision.
If you are hurt because of another person’s negligence or a flaw in your motorcycle’s safety system, you should talk to a lawyer. A personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries.