To many, motorcycles offer fun and freedom, but at the same time, they offer an increased risk of danger and death. A motorcyclist is 30 times more likely than a motorist in a passenger car to die in an accident. This is due to the lack of protection on a motorcycle. While we can drive in our car or truck and wear any outfit we’d like, motorcyclists don’t have that freedom. Even in sweltering temperatures, motorcyclists must suit up in appropriate gear – or suffer serious injuries in a potential accident. But with proper planning and safety in mind, riders can enjoy the freedom of motorcycling without injuries.
Helmets are probably the most important safety gear to invest in. They protect the brain in the event of a crash and can mean the difference between life and death. In states with helmet laws, it is required that riders wear helmets approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Make sure that the helmet offers the right fit; it should cover your entire head, including the cheeks and jaw. Understand that helmets don’t last forever. Replace yours at least every five years, or even sooner, if it begins to show significant wear-and-tear.
Motorcyclists need footwear to keep them balanced, as well as protect feet in the event of a crash. That’s why motorcycle boots are a smart choice. Look for heeled boots with a stiff, rubber sole. The boots should be long enough to protect the ankles and calves – even in the summer. Ventilation and waterproof material are also important features to consider.
Your hands are more likely than you may think to get injured in a crash. This is because we often extend our hands to prevent a fall. Gloves can help protect hands from crashes and also provide comfort in the cold weather. Make sure to use gloves that cover the entire hand and wrist. Comfort is important, especially on longer rides.
Jackets are a must for motorcyclists – even when riding in the hot, Summer sun. Go for a leather jacket in the winter to keep you warm and prevent injuries. In the summer, opt for a jacket that features breathable mesh material to keep you cool while offering protection in the event of an accident.
The motorcycle lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have been representing injured riders throughout California for decades. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact us now for a free case evaluation.