How Motorcycle Gear Could Save Your Life in an Accident

The decision to wear motorcycle safety gear before hitting the open road could be the difference between a minor and fatal injury in an accident involving a negligent driver. Sometimes riding defensively may not be enough if another individual is not practicing an adequate duty of care. Motorcycle gear, such as impact-rated helmets, armored gloves, and motorcycle suits, may serve you as a form of protection, as riders are more vulnerable than motor-vehicle occupants. 

At Eric Ratinoff Law Corp, we have over 25 years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims obtain the lawful justice they deserve in the form of compensatory damages for accident-related expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and emotional damages. You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence.

How Motorcycle Gear Could Save Your Life in an Accident 

In California, there are some motorcycle gear accessories and clothing items you are legally required to wear before riding your motorcycle. For instance, you must wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant motorcycle helmet for protection. Even if you plan to ride a short distance, it is imperative to wear the best motorcycle safety gear because most accidents occurring on trips less than 5 miles long. 

The following motorcycle safety gear list could save your life in an accident: 

Impact-Rated Helmets 

Impact-rated helmets are essential motorcycle safety gear that greatly reduces head injuries in motorcycle accidents. When riders are traveling less than 30 mph, a helmet has the potential to reduce the severity of injury by up to 50%. In 2017 alone, helmets saved more than 1,800 lives and could have saved the lives of over 700 victims had they opted to wear a helmet. Helmets that cover your face have the potential of protecting your eyes, mouth, and face in an accident as well. 

Boots and Armored Gloves 

To protect themselves during an accident, riders are known to hold out their hands and feet to catch their fall or impact. Doing this may cause severe injuries in the form of broken bones or road rash. Armored gloves assist in taking some of the blow during an accident and provide an approximate 45% reduced risk of injury to the hands and wrist.

Boots assist you in stabilization in the event of an accident and prevent twisting, and may also reduce the likelihood of lacerations or broken bones by 45%. Even non-motorcycle boots aid in injury prevention by 53% when compared to any other types of shoes worn by riders

Leather Jacket and Pants 

When opting to wear motorcycle gear, you may want to consider protecting your body from scrapes, burns, and other substantial injuries by wearing high-quality leather riding jackets or pants. Wearing a protective motorcycle suit, one with armor plating, was shown to significantly reduce the likelihood of sustaining injuries to the protected regions compared to those wearing non-protective clothing. When body armor was fitted to the rider, there was a 23% lower risk of injury to the upper body and 39% to the lower body

Damages Recoverable in a Successful Motorcycle Claim 

If you have been severely injured due to a negligent motorist while riding your motorcycle, you should not be responsible for paying the price for their careless behavior. You deserve compensation for the substantial losses you have endured because of your accident. 

The following are recoverable damages in a successful motorcycle claim: 

Despite wearing protective gear and driving defensively, motorcyclists are still vulnerable to vehicle collisions and injuries due to the lack of protection safety features, such as a metal frame, of motor vehicles. Because a motorcyclist is exposed to the concrete and open road, there is still a chance that a negligent driver may severely injure a rider. 

If you have been severely injured in a California motorcycle accident by a negligent driver, speak to an experienced motorcycle lawyer at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining the justice you deserve. 

Speak With an Experienced California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp 

If you have sustained severe injuries due to the negligence of another driver while riding a motorcycle, speak to an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Despite driving defensively and wearing armored motorcycle safety gear, injuries can take a toll on your daily life in the form of financial, emotional, and physical losses. Let us fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. 

At Eric Ratinoff Law Corp, our goal is always to recover maximum compensation on our clients’ behalf and hold the other party accountable for their careless actions. We are master storytellers committed to obtaining the compensation you deserve for the negligent actions of others. We have over 25 years of experience helping California motorcycle accident victims recover millions through settlements and verdicts. Call us today for a no-cost consultation at (916) 970-9100, or fill out our contact form