The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new motorcycles intended for road use in the U.S. be required to have anti-lock brakes. It voted unanimously to send this recommendation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists in Mississippi will want to know the reasons given by the NTSB for this move.

During a public hearing, NTSB representatives said that there were 5,286 motorcyclist deaths in the U.S. in 2016. They believe that anti-lock brakes, which became the norm for all new passenger vehicles in the U.S. starting in 2000, can help save lives. These brakes pump multiple times a second to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding, so motorcyclists can apply maximum pressure to the brakes without fearing that they will lose control.

Combining the brakes with electronic stability control, which became basic on new passenger cars beginning in 2012, can lead to even better results, especially when driving on curves. The NTSB has decided to study ESC and develop performance standards before recommending that they become standard on motorcycles.

The NTSB chairman also said that according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, anti-lock brakes can reduce motorcycle fatalities by 31 percent. This is important because motorcyclists, despite contributing to less than 1 percent of all vehicle miles traveled, account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of those in passenger vehicles. In such cases, victims may be able to file an injury claim against the driver’s auto insurance company. If successful, they might receive damages covering their medical bills, lost income and so on. It may be a good idea to hire a lawyer, especially for the negotiation phase. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident,  call the office of George B. Ready for help.