Tech Gear To Keep You Safe While Riding A Motorcycle
Riding a motorcycle, statistically speaking, is more dangerous than driving a car. There are things that drivers can do, however, to lower their risk of injury or crash. Safety gear can help keep riders on the road and help keep them safe in the case of an accident. This article will delve into some of the key pieces of a motorcyclist’s safety gear and its function. Following this, it will explain what legal actions to take when accidents occur.
One of the first things that new riders learn about in their motorcycle safety course is the importance of always wearing a helmet. In most states, wearing a helmet is not only a great safety practice, but also the law. Motorcycle helmets serve two primary functions. Primarily, helmets protect motorcyclists’ heads from concussive impact in case they crash. Secondly, many helmets have a face shield, which keeps the wind out of the drivers’ eyes while riding. This creates a safer driving environment. Contrary to some beliefs about helmets, they do not limit a riders’ sight lines or hearing, nor do they increase the risk of neck injury during a crash.
Most motorcyclists wear one of various types of leather clothing while riding. Beyond the classic ‘biker style’ of leather, it has several safety benefits. Leather is incredibly durable and difficult to penetrate, making it an awesome protective material for everyday riding. If a biker falls from their bike, leather protects the skin from severe damage when the rider hits the pavement. In the modern era, synthetic fabrics have been able to replicate this level of protection, too. For increased safety, some bikers choose to wear protective clothing that is brightly colored. This makes it easier for surrounding cars to see the motorcycle rider, thus reducing the risk of collision.
Some bikers choose to buy clothing with integrated armor pieces. These are strategically placed in areas that are hit the most during impact. Usually, the back, knee, hip and shoulder regions of the clothing have integrated armor. These pieces are lightweight but strong and are usually made from synthetic polymers, carbon fiber or titanium. Strap-on armor pieces and other protective gear are also available if riders want to wear it intermittently underneath their clothing, instead of all the time. These armor pieces are proven to reduce the risk of collision injury in motorcyclists across a wide range of scientific studies.
Despite all these protections, accidents do happen sometimes. According to this article by The Dominguez Firm, there is a smart procedure to follow in the event of a collision. They stress to always prioritize safety and call emergency services directly after the incident. Make sure that everyone involved is out of the road. Even if some of the individuals feel fine, it is important to get medical attention anyhow, as shock can mask the pain of an internal injury. Cooperation with the police officers on the scene is important, those involved should try to provide an accurate account of what happened without admitting fault. Witness information should also be collected, in case their statements are needed. If officers don’t take pictures of the area, one of the parties involved in the crash should.
Dominguez Firm also provides guidelines on what motorcyclists should avoid doing following a crash or incident. Other than avoiding admitting fault, they should not omit any facts when talking to an officer. Medical care should occur that day and not be put off. If neglected, it can be harder for a doctor to diagnose if trauma was a result of the incident. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to pin blame on the party that isn’t their client, regardless of the true events. For this reason, Dominguez Firm representatives strongly advise that no one involved talk to either insurance company.
Despite inherent bias in the legal industry, the Dominguez Firm asserts their expertise in stating that it is possible to prove liability in a motorcycle collision. It is important that motorcycle riders can prove they aren’t at fault, despite this bias, because they often face significantly worse injuries as a result of a collision – despite the best protective gear.
It is important that motorcyclists always wear the best protective gear. Even if the ride is short, motorcycle safety should be every riders’ priority. In case of a crash, however, the the above information will help the motorcycle rider involved recover from the accident, both financially and physically.
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