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Every personal injury lawyer should know about motorcycle safety. For one, we know that wearing a helmet can help prevent death and serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that motorcycle helmets lower the chances of a fatal car wreck by 37 percent. Just last week, a motorcycle rider was killed in a New York anti-helmet rally after he lost control of his bike, went over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.

In Virginia, wearing a helmet is mandatory, as our state is one of the twenty in the country that has a motorcycle helmet law in place. Whether you support or oppose this law, if you are caught riding a motorcycle without a helmet, expect to be punished.

Can Anti-lock Brakes Prevent Motorcycle Accidents?

Helmets are not the only safety devices that are believed to reduce deaths. Anti-lock brakes are also viewed as an important safety feature on motorcycles. Anti-lock brake systems utilize electronic sensors and software to identify when a motorcycle’s wheels are about to lock up. When this situation is detected, the system will kick in by rapidly releasing and reapplying brak pressure to give the motorcyclist the opportunity to slow down while the wheels continue to turn.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Anti-lock brakes Aren’t Just for Four Wheels,” federal safety officials are putting pressure on manufacturers to include anti-lock brakes on more models, lowering the chances of a car wreck. While further studies are being conducted into the effectiveness of anti-lock brakes on motorcycles, we do know one thing – anti-lock brakes can help a rider stay upright during a hard stop. As proven by many previous motorcycle accidents, staying upright is often the key to preventing serious injuries, even death.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study last year that showed that motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in fatal accidents than those without them.

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents sometimes happen, despite all of the best efforts to ride safely. In fact, motorcycle accident deaths increased for 11 of the last 12 years.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Reston, you need to know what options you have under the law. You may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills, lost time from work, and more. Because each case is different, it is in your best interests to talk with a local car accident lawyer.

We recently opened an office in Reston, Virginia. Contact us today at 703-591-9829 to set up your appointment.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.