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Safety regulators seek upgraded protections for motorcyclists

Anti-lock brakes have been standard equipment on all American passenger vehicles for nearly a generation. Eighteen years following their passenger vehicle debut though, these enhanced accident-avoidance features are on only about 9% of U.S. motorcycles.

That percentage must change, say federal safety officials. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt recently stated that improved safety features on motorcycles would yield "a sizable safety benefit that the U.S. is leaving on the table."

Regulators stress that anti-lock brakes might cut bike fatalities by close to one-third nationally. That equates potentially to more than 1,760 lives being saved annually, based upon an agency statistic citing 5,286 motorcyclist deaths in a recent year.

The NTSB recently recommended that improved braking and electronic stability systems be implemented in new bikes. It passed along that suggestion to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration via a 5-0 board vote. The NHTSA has ultimate rulemaking powers.

Any improved safety outcomes reached through new tech enhancements will be broadly endorsed by Indiana riders, regulators and other interested parties.

Tabor Law Firm's attorneys are certainly on board with developments that promote safety. Our attorneys have for years provided diligent legal representation to bikers and their passengers from all over Indiana who have suffered personal injuries owing to the negligence of other motorists.

We keenly note the hard reality posed by impatient and sometimes reckless drivers. We underscore that bikers are "much more susceptible to catastrophic injury and death."

Motorcyclists are not second-class citizens on Indiana roadways. They command the same rights as all other motorists. Tabor Law Firm's attorneys aggressively seek fullest legal recoveries for them and their families in injury outcomes owing to third-party negligence.

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