Motorcyclists are at great risk of being injured if they are involved in a collision. This is because they don’t have much in the way of protection. Some people ride wearing shorts or skirts. Others wear T-shirts or tennis shoes instead of jackets and boots.
Even though California is hot, it’s important to consider wearing the best motorcycling gear you can afford, since it offers a level of protection against injuries in a collision. Most of your body will be at risk of injury if you crash, so some of the gear you should wear each time you ride includes:
- A leather jacket
- Your helmet
- Long pants
- Long-sleeve shirts
If all of that sounds a little too heavy for California, keep in mind that a crash without safety gear has a high probability of causing head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones and road rash.
Safety gear may help reduce the severity of your injuries
There probably isn’t gear that is going to make you impervious to injuries, but your gear could help minimize the injuries that you do suffer. For example, a Department of Transportation-certified helmet will offer better protection to you and may help prevent head or neck injuries in a crash.
Good gloves can help you avoid abrasions on your hands and may help minimize impacts. Some even come with armor built in so that you can have protection for your wrists and palms.
With a jacket, pants or suit, you should be looking for leather or thicker materials. Some new materials to look into include Gore-Tex and Cordura 1000D. All body armor should have a CE rating. Similarly, boots play multiple roles. They protect you against burns, crushing injuries and lacerations.
What do you need to do after a crash?
Hopefully, wearing this heavier gear will help minimize your injuries after a crash. If you are hit, go to the hospital for an examination. Then, remember that you can pursue a claim against any at-fault driver who has hit you. It’s your right as a victim to go after the compensation that you need.