Choosing the Best Gear for Safety on a Motorcycle
You may have bought your first motorcycle because you thought it was cool and you loved the thrill of the open road. After many close calls around careless drivers, however, you now worry more about your safety than how you look on your bike. William Enoch Andrews is a biker and motorcycle accident attorney who cares about your safety. Knowing what can happen when a biker encounters a careless motorists, he is happy to provide this information on motorcycle safety gear.
Five Safety Gear Basics You Should Never Leave Home Without
Even though the state of Utah requires motorcycle helmets only for riders under the age of 18, smart riders know that the gear you wear is the only barrier between you and the hard pavement. Safety experts recommend that all motorcyclists arm themselves with the following:
- Helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a rider who is not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury. It may not be required by law in Utah, but it is the first line of defense if you are hit by a negligent motorist. When choosing a helmet, make sure it is DOT or Snell certified and that it fits snugly but comfortably. A full-face helmet is the safest option as it protects your face and eyes as well as your head.
- Boots. A high-quality pair of motorcycle boots will protect your feet and legs in a crash and from loose debris in the road, but their solid sole and good grip will also help prevent you from tipping over or slipping off the foot pegs.
- Gloves. Proper motorcycle gloves will not only protect your hands from weather and debris, but could prevent hand fractures and finger amputations in a crash. They will also provide you with the necessary grip on the handlebars to control your bike.
- Leathers. While a leather motorcycle jacket might feel like a stereotype, there is actually good sense behind it. The leather not only resists tearing when you hit the pavement, but the slick surface may help you to slide rather than tumble when you crash, which could prevent serious fractures and head injury. The man-made material Kevlar is also a good option.
- Armor. As an added layer of protection for your back or head, memory foam armor can be built directly into jackets and helmets. This is a smart option when riding at high speeds or for long distances.
Remember that none of this gear does any good sitting in your closet at home. Even when taking a quick spin to the store, this basic gear should be worn.
Even Responsible Bikers Need a Lawyer Sometimes
You may wear all this gear and use defensive riding tactics on every ride and you could still be the victim of a distracted or impaired driver. When that happens, you will need the help of an attorney who understands your point of view. William Enoch Andrews is an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who will be there for you when you need him. Click the contact link on this page to learn more.