By: Ashley Page
Safety gear is critical for every motorcycle rider on the road. Recently, helmets have become standard equipment for most riders, though
some still protest by wearing small cap-style helmets that provide little
protection. The protection offered by safety gear is far more important
for a motorcycle rider than the average motorist. In 2006, data collected
by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed
that 13.10 out of every 100,000 cars were involved in a fatal collision.
That number is dramatically higher for motorcycles as 72.34 out of every
100,000 motorcycles were involved in fatal collisions.
In order to fully protect themselves, every motorcycle rider should participate
in advance safety courses, only ride when the weather conditions are safe,
and also wear full safety gear at all times. This safety gear should include
a full-face style helmet.
NHTSA studies have shown that wearing a proper helmet reduces the risk
of fatality by as much as 37%. It also lowers the risk of a traumatic brain injury and lowers the cost
of medical bills compared to non-helmet wearers.
Motorcycles riders should also always wear neck braces. Many injuries sustained
in a motorcycle collision are to the neck and collarbone area. These braces
also help stabilize the head during a collision or fall. A motorcycle
rider should also always wear a heavy long-sleeved jacket, heavy long
pants, and full finger gloves. These items help protect against road rash
and striking debris during a collision. This clothing should not be cumbersome
or restrict your movement. Many safety experts recommend leather, Kevlar,
or carbon-fiber reinforcement garments to achieve maximum protection.
An additional protective option is a garment that includes safety plates
or padding. The last piece of critical equipment are the right boots.
These boots should not only protect you from the heating radiating from
the engine and pipes, but they should also stabilize and protect the feet
in case of a collision. Crush injuries to the feet may require months
to heal, and the proper boots can help lessen the severity of such injuries.
Again, safety experts recommend leather or carbon reinforced boots for
the top of the line protection.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, we have helped many clients
involved in motorcycle collisions, and we have experience in the unique
issues involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle
accident, please contact our Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers.
We represent clients throughout the DC metro area.