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How Do Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking Systems Prevent Accidents?

Motor vehicle manufacturers have come a long way when it comes to installing safety equipment on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Parts like seatbelts, daytime headlights, and much more are meant to increase safety for both the motorists and others. One component of a motorcycle that increases safety is its anti-lock braking system.

An anti-lock braking system helps the motorcyclists maintain traction because it keeps the bike's wheels from locking up when the tires are approaching the bike's maximum braking limit. The ABS computer will send signals to the electronic control unit. This computer monitors how fast the wheels are turning and provides maximum braking capacity.

Improper braking, even with ABS, has been cited as the cause of some motorcycle accidents. While a bike's ABS won't prevent all accidents, it certainly can in some circumstances. These systems only work when the ride doesn't "pump" the brakes.

When a bike is upright and headed in a straight line is when the ABS is most effective. The system will not assist the biker in every case. It's important for bikers to also remember that ABS can't replace common sense and proper braking techniques.

When motorcyclists are injured because of another driver's negligence, they do have recourse. They can seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and much more.

If the ABS on a motorcycle does not work as it should, the motorcycle manufacturer, parts manufacturer or the mechanic could be held liable for the accident. An experienced Reno personal injury attorney can provide more information on who can be named as a defendant in a lawsuit.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "Quick Tips: Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)," accessed Oct. 29, 2015

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