All that safety gear that's sold for motorcyclists is expensive, especially if you want to make sure that you have quality items that are waterproof in case you get caught on your bike in bad weather or are a dedicated rider who braves all weather equally. If you're just an occasional rider for fun, however, is all that stuff really necessary?
Absolutely. Choosing which piece of gear you want to skip buying is sort of like choosing, in advance, which body part you want to have the most injured if you crash.
Here are some important things that you need to keep in mind:
1. The Centers for Disease Control determined that 30 percent of all non-fatal injuries suffered by motorcyclists involved the legs and feet. Proper footwear, including the use of dedicated motorcycle boots that are designed to limit the articulation of your ankle and provide comfort and stability are a must. Motorcycle pants are also necessary for coverage.
2. Data from a variety of sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows that deaths from head injuries are more common among unhelmeted riders than those with helmets. That's one item you don't want to skip or skimp on when it comes to price. Buy a helmet that offers full protection and has state-of-the-art designs for head protection.
3. Arm and hand injuries, including breaks of the radius and ulna, can also be diminished by using quality protective gear. Include a pair of "palm sliders" in your wardrobe. When you fall, you reflexively throw your arms out to protect yourself, and the resulting force can shatter your bones. Palm sliders keep your hands from grabbing the road, allowing your body to slide forward instead of coming to an abrupt halt.
The takeaway from all of the studies done by the CDC, NHTSA, and other organization essentially reveal what riders instinctively know: You're more likely to walk away from an accident with minimal damage the more you're suited up with the right gear. It doesn't matter if you're an occasional rider or a daily rider, because your chances of being in an accident are the same every time you ride.
If you are in an accident that's caused by another vehicle's carelessness, consider contacting an attorney for advice before you settle your claim. Please check out our page for more information on motorcycle accident claims.