We have seen too many motorcycle accidents that ended up with a fatality for no reason other than the fact that those involved were not wearing the right safety gear. If you ride a bike even once a year then you should have the right safety gear. It is true that no biker can prevent 100% of accidents but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Read on to learn about safety gear and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you need a free legal consultation.
Let’s start with the obvious: Helmets
Of course everyone knows they need to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. In fact, many states throughout the country require them. You want a helmet that has been approved by the DOT and that has a hard shell that surrounds the head. Chin straps need to fasten securely and overall you are looking for a helmet that feels sturdy. That said, you also want to make sure that it has a liner that makes it comfortable to ensure you will actually wear it.
There are numerous options within the world of helmets, including those that cover the entire face, ¾-helmets, and half-shell helmets. Each has more or less protection and has both pros and cons. Full-face helmets will offer the most protection and because they protect they entire face, you will not need additional safety gear.
Protecting the face
If you decide not to use a full-face helmet then you will need additional gear to protect your face. Note that even just riding down the road can result in debris hitting you, even if you are not in an accident. Sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes. You need eye protection that is made to be puncture- and impact-resistant. If they become scratched then they should be replaced. If they block your peripheral vision then they should be replaced.
Any face protection you use should be attached with fasteners to ensure that it stays on if you are in an accident. You also want to let air flow. This helps to prevent your breathing from being obstructed during every day riding.
Protecting the rest of your body
Clothing may not have a big impact on what happens in an accident but it can protect you from flying debris, cuts, etc. You want something that will cover your legs and arms but will not cause you to overheat. You want it comfortable but not loose.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident or you have lost a loved one in an accident then it is to your benefit to talk to a personal injury attorney. Even if you are not certain that you have a case, you can reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We will go over your situation and offer our legal opinion.