Estimates place the number of motorcyclist deaths at between 4,000 and 5,000 people every year. What’s worse than this staggering number is the realization that many of the fatalities could have been avoided. With safe driving and appropriate preventative action, motorcyclists can stay safe and avoid being one of the many riders who get in accidents and contribute to alarming statistics. The gear you wear is one of the most important factors your safety, so do not forget these four essential items the next time you hit the road on your bike.
Many motorcyclists underestimate the importance of the clothes they wear, but in fact, choosing protective garments such as a jacket, pants or chaps can greatly reduce the likelihood of a serious injury in the event that you are in an accident. Many bikers are associated with leather, and there is good reason for this. It is durable and designed to be protective in most cases. More important than the material you choose, however, is ensuring that your whole body is covered and protected from road rash.
In addition to protecting your torso and lower body, you should be careful to ensure that your hands are protected, too. If you do get into an accident, you are likely to instinctively reach out in an attempt to catch your fall. This can result in an extreme injury, though, if there is no barrier between the road and your skin. Gloves provide this barrier, and they also improve riders’ grip on their bike’s handles during regular riding, too.
It should go without saying that a helmet is essential for riding. In addition to the fact that it is a legal requirement to ride, it is the only protective gear that can protect your head from the force of impact. To maximize the safety advantages a helmet affords you, select one with the right fit.
Lastly, a serious motorcyclist always utilizes the right protective footwear. Waterproof boots ensure you always have the traction you need, even in poor weather. You rely on your feet to support you, maintain your balance and bring your bike to a stop, so it only makes sense that you would invest in a pair of boots that is up to the job. Anything less can compromise your safety.
If you have been in an accident involving a motorcycle, you likely have injuries, property damage and lose wages to consider. An attorney may be able to help you seek resolution.