You’re riding along Columbia Pike and a car cuts in front of you. As an experienced rider, you know you have two options: you can either swerve or brake hard. Both could prevent you from colliding with the vehicle, but each has its own risks, as well. Swerving can result in you falling off or falling over on the side of the bike, while braking hard could cause you to be thrown over the handlebars.

Motorcyclists also have a third option that many aren’t aware of: using anti-lock brakes. This proven braking system allows bikers to ride without experiencing full lock-ups, which can result in serious injuries. The brakes automatically reduce brake pressure when a lock-up is about to occur and will increase again when better traction is detected.

The Pros of Installing Anti-Lock Brakes

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to install anti-lock brakes, knowing some of the advantages may help you make your decision. Some points to consider are:

  • Fewer deaths occur with anti-lock brakes than without. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the rate of fatal crashes is 31 percent lower for motorcycles that have anti-lock brakes than for the same models that don’t have the system.
  • Shorter stopping distances. Bikers who ride motorcycles that are equipped with anti-lock braking systems typically experience shorter stopping distances on both dry and wet conditions.
  • Fewer crashes. Insurance claims for motorcycles with anti-lock brakes are filed about 20 percent less frequently than bikes that do not have the system. 

Don’t Settle for Less Than What You Deserve

Unfortunately, even anti-lock braking systems can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, particularly when it’s not your fault. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the attorneys of Nicklesporn and Lundin may be able to help. Contact us today at 800.875.9700 for more information.