• June 6, 2013

    IIHS petitions for ABS on all motorcycles

    With more data confirming the safety value of antilock brakes on motorcycles, IIHS and HLDI have formally petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require the technology on all models.

  • May 30, 2013

    Injury claims balloon after Michigan weakens helmet law

    The average insurance payment on a motorcycle injury claim rose substantially in Michigan after the state changed its helmet law to exempt most riders last year. This finding by HLDI is consistent with previous studies that show that rescinding helmet requirements results in more fatalities and hospital admissions.

  • June 20, 2012

    Newly insured riders benefit from ABS

    Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.

  • November 10, 2011

    IIHS releases new brochure on motorcycle ABS

    Riding a motorcycle is safer when the bike is equipped with antilock brakes. "Motorcycle ABS: Why you want to ride with it" explains how antilocks work and why they’re important.

  • May 6, 2010

    IIHS calls on government to require ABS for motorcycles

    Recent IIHS research strongly demonstrates the benefits of antilock brakes for motorcycles. Based on findings that antilocks significantly reduce motorcycle crashes, including fatal ones by more than a third, the Institute is seeking a federal requirement that manufacturers equip all new motorcycles with this technology.

  • March 31, 2010

    Motorcycles with ABS have fewer fatal crashes

    Antilock brakes for motorcycles are working as designed to reduce the chances of crashing, removing some of the risk that comes with riding on two wheels. A new study indicates that motorcycles with antilocks are 37 percent less likely to be in fatal crashes than motorcycles without them. A separate study shows they also have fewer insurance claims.

  • September 11, 2007

    Supersport motorcycles have highest death rate

    Supersports have the highest death rate and worst overall insurance losses among all types of motorcycles, new analyses by IIHS and HLDI reveal. Motorcyclists who ride supersports have driver death rates per 10,000 registered motorcycles nearly 4 times higher than rates for motorcyclists who ride all other types of bikes.

  • November 18, 2004

    Many deaths in vehicle-animal collisions are avoidable

    Most of the motor vehicle crash deaths in collisions with animals occur in subsequent events when a vehicle runs off the road or a motorcyclist falls off the bike. Many of these deaths wouldn't occur with appropriate protection, such as safety belts and motorcycle helmets.

  • July 30, 2002

    Older motorcyclists make up bigger chunk of fatalities

    Pedestrian and other kinds of deaths in motor vehicle crashes are generally declining, but deaths of motorcyclists have been increasing since 1997. In recent years, the age mix of fatally injured motorcyclists has changed. More of the riders who get killed are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and fewer are in their teens and 20s. As a result, the proportion of all fatally injured riders 40 and older was 40 percent in 2000, up from 14 percent in 1990.

  • January 10, 2002

    Deaths of older motorcyclists soar

    Deaths among motorcyclists age 40 and older, which steadily increased during most of the 1990s, jumped dramatically from 1997 to 2000, the latest year for which statistics are available. The increase during the last three years exceeds 65 percent, and the overall increase in deaths among older motorcyclists since 1990 exceeds 150 percent.

  • December 20, 2000

    Best and worst state traffic safety laws

    For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.