Over the years, attorney Scott R. Barney has seen the catastrophic effects that motorcycle crashes can have on his clients’ lives. After a bad crash, a biker can suffer severe bodily harm or even die, lose valuable wages, and face never-ending medical bills.
At Barney Injury Law, we acknowledge how hard the days, months, and even years after a devastating motorcycle injury can be. Our goal is to allow you to spend your time recovering, while we take care of your legal issues.
Essential Gear for Riders
Motorcycles do not offer any of the same safety features or protections to their riders as cars and trucks. As a result, the chances of a biker being severely injured or killed in an accident are high.
In 2016, the biker fatality rate was roughly 28 times higher than that of other vehicles, per traveled mile.
In order for motorcyclists to increase their probability of preventing a severe bodily injuries or death in the event of a crash, it is highly recommended that they wear ample safety equipment specifically intended to protect bikers.
Below is a list of all essential safety gear riders should own and use:
- A Fitted Helmet: Buying the highest rated motorcycle helmet is highly suggested. Full-face helmets tend to provide the highest level of protection. Research has demonstrated that approximately 40% of blows to the ground hit the face. Only 1% of all impacts hit the top of bikers’ heads. Helmets should fit snugly on a biker’s head, and the biker should not be able to rotate it. Bikers should not be able to feel any clear pressure points inside the helmet. Additionally, riders should not buy or use any second hand helmets. After getting into an accident, bikers should buy a new helmet. Helmets involved in crashes often absorb part of the impact of the crash and can have problems with their protective padding. As a result, used helmet are considerably less effective in future accidents.
- A Secure Motorcycle Jacket: Safety jackets are designed to protect a motorcyclist’s body. A suitable motorcycle jacket should have double seams to prevent the stitching from ripping apart. Furthermore, good safety jackets are designed with distinctive material to absorb any impact of an accident and protect fragile body parts. Effective motorcycle jackets may be costly, but they are well worth it to prevent road rash and other serious injuries. A biker’s jacket should have a CE safety rating.
- Protective Pants: Protective motorcycle pants should be relaxed enough for bikers to be able to move their legs easily, but must fit tightly. Prior to purchasing pants, sit on a bike to try them out. A biker’s capacity to attach his or her pants to his or her jacket provides even greater protection. Protective pants should have CE-rated guarding to protect riders’ knees and hips.
- Tough Gloves: Gloves should come with a strap to place around the wrist to stop them from falling off. Gloves must cover the rider’s whole hand and not leave any gaps in-between the jacket and gloves. Skin should never be visible. Gloves made from strong material, like Kevlar, provide the most defense against road rash.
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Every day, Scott R. Barney, Esq. represents motorcycle riders that have been seriously injured in accidents.