Federal Regulators Delay Decision about Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brakes


According to statistics, injury and death on America’s roadways has escalated significantly over the past couple years. Many believe the rise to be tied to the availability of cheap gas, an incentive for people to spend more time on the road. Motorcycle safety advocates say the fatality rate among bikers has remained high, and say that federal regulators have failed to take action on a measure they believe would dramatically decrease the annual number of motorcycle-related deaths: the requirement that all bikes have anti-lock brake systems.

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), which have been standard issue on most passenger vehicles for more than 25 years, prevent a vehicle’s wheels from locking up when the driver slams on the brakes. When wheels lock up, the driver has far less control and often cannot take any kind of evasive action. With anti-lock braking systems, a vehicle’s wheels will still turn, even though the vehicle speed is reduced.

Motorcycle safety groups have been asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require anti-lock braking systems for years, but the NHTSA has thus far opted not to do so. A spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that, with anti-lock braking systems installed on all motorcycles, the number of annual fatalities in bike accidents could be reduced by as much as 30%. Regulators were apparently close to making ABS mandatory on motorcycles almost a decade ago, but some regulators backed off, contending that there was “insufficient proof” that the systems were effective. Motorcycle safety groups have called this assertion “disingenuous.”

Though some motorcycle manufacturers have offered ABS as an option, BMW appears to be the only company in the United States to make it standard equipment on all bikes.

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Retired Teacher Dies in Sonoma Car Crash

A recent car crash has claimed the life of 82 year old Don Geddes, who lived in Sonoma for 50 years and taught art at Sonoma Valley High School for 29 years. He died in an accident that occurred when he was driving and tried to turn from Burndale Road onto Napa Road when he was sideswiped by another vehicle. Both automobiles veered off the road to the edge of a vineyard. Geddes’ white 1990 Toyota Corolla was going northbound into oncoming traffic when he was struck by the 2006 Volvo XC90 SUV driven by Ronald Brown, 39 years old, from San Francisco. Brown was headed eastbound at 55 mph. The turn is sharp and partially obscured by eucalyptus trees, and cars usually speed between the posted-50 mph and 60 mph limits. Police officers did not think the driver of the Volvo had any fault in the accident. He and his passengers were uninjured. See: Full article.
It is essential to contact an experienced auto accident law firm after an accident occurs. Attorneys work to try and preserve all evidence that remains at the accident such as inspecting and photographing your motor vehicle. In addition, your attorney will retrieve all police, fire and ambulance reports on your behalf. Moreover, at this time, it is essential to interview witnesses before an insurance company does. A law firm will help to assess property damage, father necessary information on your behalf and monitor your injuries which were caused by the accident. If you have been in an accident in northern California or the San Francisco bay area, you need experienced personal injury attorneys working to help you.

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