Finding The Right Motorcycle Safety Gear

Motorcycle Dan - October 12, 2021
Motorcyclist wearing safety gear

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling and energizing experience, but it is also important to recognize that motorcycles are more dangerous to drive than other motor vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants. Further, motorcycle drivers are four times more likely to be injured in a fatal accident than are occupants of passenger vehicles.

While driving responsibly helps, it is not possible to guard against the errors and mistakes of other drivers on the road. However, exercising safety when driving a motorcycle is always wise, and wearing the right gear can change the level of safety of your ride significantly.

Safety is a must when driving, and is even more important when riding a motorcycle. Find out how you can diligently prepare with the right safety gear, the three essential questions you should ask when selecting safety gear, and how a motorcycle accident attorney could help if your safety precautions fail.

MOTORCYCLE HELMET

MOTORCYCLE JACKET

MOTORCYCLE PANTS & BOOTS

 

What Type Of Motorcycle Helmet Should I Get?

Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of fatal head injury in motorcyclists from 37-41%, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Ultimately, wearing any helmet will be better than wearing no helmet at all, but some types of helmets may suit you better than others. 

Main types of helmets that you’ll find on the market

  • Half-Helmets:

    These types of motorcycle helmets fully cover the top of the head and partially cover the side and back of the head. As these types of helmets offer no facial coverage, it’s recommended that riders at least wear goggles or eye protection.

  • ¾ Helmets:

    These helmets offer wider head protection than half-helmets but lack the level of facial coverage of full-face helmets. Look for 3/4th helmets with flip-down visors for eye protection and adequate ventilation that lets you comfortably breathe and hear your surroundings.

  • Full Face Helmet:

    As the name implies, these helmets cover the head in their entirety. As always, you should seek models that offer plenty of comfortable breathability and models that are well-ventilated enough to hear your surroundings.

  • DOT-Compliant Helmet:

    What differentiates a DOT-compliant helmet from other helmets are its design and material characteristics – characteristics that save lives by protecting the head, brain, face, and to a limited extent, the neck.

Choosing the Right DOT-Compliant Motorcycle Helmet Can Save Your Life 

One of the most important safety features to have when you are riding a motorcycle is a DOT-compliant helmet. NHTSA suggests that motorcyclists use a DOT-compliant helmet to reduce the chance of brain or head injury significantly in any motorcycle crash.

DOT-approved motorcycle helmets have sturdy chin straps with buckles that are riveted into the muscle body. There is a chin protector and face guard, and within the helmet itself, there is a hard outer layer to keep the outside world from making contact with your head. There will also be a foam inner layer to absorb impact and protect the brain from injury.

Which Motorcycle Helmet is for me?

By far the most effective motorcycle gear at preventing death or severe injury is a DOT-compliant helmet but any helmet is better than no helmet at all. One way to know if your helmet is safe is simply by checking its weight, as oftentimes unsafe helmets will weigh around a pound, while safe helmets generally weigh three or more pounds due to the increased amount of safety features that are included. The stiff foam inner liner is essential to protect your brain from injuries like concussions and also helps to absorb overall impact to also support consciousness during the accident so you can maintain awareness.

 

What’s The Best Motorcycle Jacket?

In a motorcycle crash, you could suffer road rash or abrasion injuries that occur when your skin scrapes against the pavement. That’s why you should keep yourself as covered as possible, and one essential way you can is by wearing a durable, full sleeve jacket.

There are lots of different durable jacket materials sold on the market, from leather to mesh to synthetics, but no matter which material you buy, you should always seek out the following qualities in any motorcycle jacket: 

  • It should have the adequate amount of pockets you want/need
  • The jacket should fit comfortably, not too bulky, tight, or loose
  • It should be sufficiently layered and durable enough to protect you

Look for a jacket that meets these needs as adequately and effectively as possible.

 

Which Pants & Boots Should I Get?

Just as you should wear a specialized riding jacket, you should also wear specialized riding pants and boots. Look for the following qualities:

Pants

  • Look for robust, layered materials
  • Highly visible colors are recommended for night riding
  • Find a comfortable fitting fabric that offers adequate abrasion protection

Boots

  • Look for firm toe and ankle protection
  • Look for waterproof and slip-resistant material
  • Seek layered, durable material
  • Seek a comfortable enough fit for long-distance riding

 

If injured Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer About Your Case Now 

If you have been in an accident on your motorcycle, whether or not you had the most cutting-edge safety equipment, you still may be entitled to compensation and an attorney can help you seek recovery. Connect with the legal team at Blackburn & Green to schedule an appointment to discuss your case today 

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