The liberating feeling of fresh air rushing against the body is one of the many advantages offered by a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the joy of riding a motorcycle also has its risks. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to injury in a motorcycle accident because the rider’s body is completely exposed. To stay as safe as possible when riding on a motorcycle, riders should always wear safety gear to protect them from common motorcycle injuries.
Types of Motorcycle Safety Gear
A helmet is the single most important piece of safety equipment for motorcyclists. All motorcycle operators are required by Texas law to wear a helmet while riding on a motorcycle, with two exceptions.
A rider that is at least 21 years-old is exempt from this law if:
- That rider has completed a Department-approved motorcyclist training course, or
- The motorcyclist has at least $10,000 of medical insurance coverage, and can provide proof.
Even though a motorcyclist may not be required to wear a helmet under these circumstances, it is highly recommended that all riders wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle. Wearing a helmet protects the rider from serious brain injury in the event of an accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are 37 percent more effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities, and 67 percent more effective in preventing brain injuries in a motorcycle crash. ‘Helmet-hair’ is a small price to pay for protection from a life-changing injury.
All motorcyclists should also consider wearing protective gloves when riding. When riders fall off their motorcycles in an accident, they will most likely put their hands out in front of them to protect the rest of their body from impact. This is because injuries to the hands and arms are often far less severe than injuries to the torso or head. When wearing protective gloves, a rider reduces the threat of hand injury while bracing for impact.
Road rash is a common injury suffered by riders. In a high speed collision, a motorcyclist’s body may scrape against the road, resulting in a road rash that can easily become infected. To protect themselves from this type of motorcycle injury, riders should wear a thick motorcycle jacket. For those without a protective jacket, similar protection can be achieved by wearing multiple layers of thick clothing.
Contact Kyle Law Firm
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident at the fault of another motorist, the Kyle Law Firm is here to help! Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience in helping victims of an accident receive fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation with a legal professional, contact the Kyle Law Firm in San Marcos and New Braunfels, Texas today.