Motorcycles are a lot of fun. In California alone, here are over 800,000 registered motorcycles. Coming in 1st place for having the best roads for motorcycles, the state is a draw for enthusiast from all over the US. It will not be hard for you to believe then that the number of motorcyclists in California has continued to slowly increase over the past few decades.
There is a downside to riding a motorcycle that few people truly consider when getting into it. In particular, the rates of accidents and deaths are significantly higher than with vehicles. It is more than an order of magnitude greater as motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a car crash than passengers in a car. In addition, there were at least 92,000 injuries with motorcyclists in 2015. While this may not seem like that much compared to cars, remember that these accidents are among a significantly smaller population of drivers. When compensating for the difference in driver numbers, motorcyclists clearly become far more likely to experience injuries and even deaths while riding on the open road.
No matter how careful you are you cannot always predict the behavior of drivers around you. In fact, you can be obeying all the laws and sill end up in a terrible accident thanks to the negligence of others. As accidents are an inevitability, the best way to keep yourself safe is by getting the follow 5 important pieces of motorcycle safety gear.
The 5 Most Important Pieces Of Motorcycle Gear
- Your Helmet
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) clearly states that the best way to reduce risk of fatality and injury when riding a motorcycle is by wearing a helmet. In fact, if you are ever going to wear only a single piece of protective gear, then make sure it is a helmet. Along with protecting the brain from sudden impacts and blunt force trauma, a helmet can be hit several different times over the course of an accident, providing a wide range of cover. The NHTSA recommends that you get a helmet that meets the standards in the industry and is snug.
- Your Riding Boots
Guess what the first part of you will hit the ground during a motorcycle accident. If you guessed anything but either your feet or ankles, then you are wrong. Injuries to feet and ankles are incredibly common, as they are often the part of our body we automatically reach out to stop our fall. Injury to these parts of your body can result in months of recuperation where you have to stay off your feet. Limit the danger to this part of your body by wearing snug riding boots that cover your ankles.
- Your Gloves
Gloves protect a part of the body that can become easily damaged in an accident. Gloves provide protection against abrasions that typically occur when we automatically and instinctually throw up our hands during a fall. Preventing a great deal of damage and pain, gloves ensure a sizable amount of protection when they are thick and well padded.
- Your Leather Jacket
A leather jacket will keep your organs and muscles safer by providing an extra layer of padding when an accident occurs.
- Your Neck Collar
Collarbone and over extension of your neck related injuries are far less likely when you are wearing a neck collar that protects this region of your body.
You can protect yourself in injury. What you cannot do is stop the accident from ever occurring. If you or someone you loved has been involved in a motorcycle accident, then you will need professional help. Providing years of professional support to our clients, consider the talented team at Avrek Law Firm to represent you in court. Contact us at 866-598-5548 and let us help you today.
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