Stopping Injury Due to Lack of Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS)
ABS was first introduced on motorcycles in 1988. ABS is known for greatly
assisting the operator of a motorcycle in stopping the motorcycle in an emergency
stop, especially on wet pavement. Despite the recognized safety features of
ABS, surprisingly, 22 years later, many motorcycle models intended for roadway driving
do not come equipped, either as standard equipment or optional equipment, with ABS.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted a study of
motorcycle crashes from 2003 to 2008. The study found that motorcycles equipped
with ABS were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models
without. The study also found that ABS-equipped motorcycles have 22 percent
fewer damage claims than those without ABS and 30 percent lower injury claims.
A similar study in Sweden studying crash data from 2005 to 2008 found that the overall
effectiveness of ABS was 38 percent on all crashes and 48 percent on all severe
and fatal crashes. The study recommended that ABS be installed on all new
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle which was not equipped with
ABS, you may have a claim for injuries. Our firm is one of the few law firms
in Missouri which has brought claims against motorcycle manufacturers for failing
to equip a motorcycle with ABS. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident,
call our attorneys today and let us help you get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney from our firm today.