Motorcycle Safety Equipment Guide

Jul 17, 2013 by

One of the major draws of motorcycling is the feeling of being one with your bike and the road – you are released from the cage of a car and free to feel the wind on your face, maneuver your motorcycle with your whole body, and smell the asphalt boiling under the summer sun.

Unfortunately, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, all this freedom also means you’re free to take a spill and get critically injured because there is no cage to protect you. Therefore it becomes imperative to know what qualities to look for in safety gear, especially helmets; the only shield between your skull and the road.

Helmets are required in twenty-one states and an excellent idea in the other twenty-nine. There are two set safety standards for helmets: Department of Transportation (DOT) and Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell). While the DOT sets the minimum requirements, Snell meets these and goes beyond in testing and requirements. Since your head is arguably the most important part of you, you should try to look for a helmet certified by Snell.

When inspecting fit, there should not be any wiggle room, but there also shouldn’t be any uncomfortable pressure points that are likely to become painful after a long ride. And in the case of helmets, more is more – a helmet covering your full face protects more than other helmets that cover less. The website of Allstate also advises avoiding used helmets, because there is “no way to guarantee a used helmet hasn’t been compromised by a crash.”

Besides selecting a well-fitting helmet with full coverage, also suggests finding sturdy closed-toe shoes with ankle support; a long-sleeved jacket and pants made out of a durable, abrasion-resistant material; well-fitting gloves with good grip; and eye protection, such as goggles if your helmet does not have a shield.

Even with reasonable safety precautions it’s still entirely possible that another motorist will be less responsible than you and cause a collision. If this happens, it is advisable to find a motorcycle accident lawyer in your area to help you hold the individual who is responsible for your injuries accountable.

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