Sumary of Choosing A Motorcycle With Antilock Braking ‘Is Right Up There With Wearing A Helmet’:
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety A new study of antilock braking systems for motorcycles reinforces the technology’s known safety benefits and makes a strong case in favor of a federal mandate requiring it.
- Overall, bikes equipped with the lifesaving feature, known as ABS, were involved in 22% fewer motorcycle driver fatalities per 10,000 motorcycles registered for one year than those without it.
- (The fatal crash rate was slightly higher for standard and cruiser motorcycles and for touring and sport touring bikes, and slightly lower for sport bikes and supersports.
- ) Those are the main findings of research released on Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry that called it the largest study of its kind to show that antilock braking systems can help prevent crashes.
- The safety group formally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013 to require motorcycles to be equipped with antilock braking systems.
- For the study, researchers examined fatal crash rates for 65 motorcycle models of 10 different types offering ABS as an option from 2013 to 2019, comparing them with motorcycles of the same make, model and model year without ABS. The federal database of fatal crashes was accessed to compare how often each was involved in a deadly crash.