December 19, 2012 by Michael Skousen
Choosing the right motorcycle riding gear can make all the difference in the event of a motorcycle accident. While it can’t completely prevent such an occurrence, it can mean the difference between walking away unscathed and leaving in an ambulance. Making smart choices about the type of protective gear you wear while riding is an investment that is well worth it in the long run. Here are a few tips on the type of essential gear you should wear while riding:
- Helmets – Protect your head
While it isn’t legally required that you wear a helmet while riding in the state of Arizona, it is one of the most important pieces of safety gear that you can wear. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a rider without a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury.
- Boots – Get off on the right foot
When you’re riding, your feet help keep you balanced while also taking a beating from the elements while you’re moving. To stay safe and comfortable, consider a pair of high-quality motorcycle boots, with a stiff sole that provides plenty of traction when you stop. Boots with reinforced material in critical areas can also protect you from leg, ankle and foot injuries in the event of a crash.
- Gloves – Get a grip
Like boots, gloves offer your hands comfort and protection from the elements while riding. They can also help protect your hands if you’re involved in an accident. Since it is second nature to extend your hands when you fall, it is important to have gloves that protect your whole hand, including fingers, palms and wrists.
- Material – The right kind can save your life
Leather isn’t just a biker fashion statement. It’s also popular because it doesn’t “grab” like other materials do – meaning you’re more likely to slide than tumble in the event of an accident. Consider a leather jacket that has an additional layer of protection underneath, such as memory foam, or hard armor padding.
Even if you’re just making a quick run to the store, it’s important not to take a shortcut with your protective gear. Heavy leather riding gear may seem like a burden, but it can prevent serious injuries and even save your life.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, trust your case to the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience. For a free initial consultation, call us today at 480-833-8800.
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