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What are some important motorcycle safety gear options?

When you think about personal motorcycle safety, you probably jump immediately to helmets, and for good reason. Helmets have been shown to decrease the rate of fatalities in motorcycle accidents, and they provide protection against brain injury, which can make a minor incident a severe one. We agree, helmets might be the most important piece of personal safety gear a motorcyclist can wear.

There are other forms of safety gear for motorcyclists that are also important, however. Many riders choose to wear gloves, for example. Gloves can protect the hands from cuts, abrasions and burns. During an accident, most people instinctively use their hands to catch themselves, protect their face or break a fall. You'd probably reach out with your hands in a fall from a motorcycle, and your palms will scrape across the ground. This is true even if you simply slip from the motorcycle while getting on, and your hands could be seriously scraped if you aren't wearing gloves.

A jacket is a third component of good motorcycle safety. A jacket made of heavy material, such as strong leather, protects your arms and torso in a fall. In cold weather, it also helps you stay warm as you ride through icy winds. The same is true for pants made of thick material or chaps that you put on over jeans. Jackets and pants -- or full riding suits -- should be made of high-quality, thick material with strong stitching. If you buy the right equipment, it will last for years, making it an investment in your riding hobby.

While the right clothing can help prevent some severe injuries in an accident, motorcycle gear isn't magic. In a run-in with another automobile, even the best-dressed rider can suffer injuries. If those injuries occur because of the fault of another driver, then you might have a case for a lawsuit for personal injury compensation.

Source: Indefinitely Wild, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Motorcycle Safety Gear," Wes Siler, accessed Sep. 09, 2016

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