While it is obvious that motorcycle helmets save lives, what many riders may not realize is that motorcycle safety goes far beyond helmet use. Your entire body is at risk of injury in a motorcycle crash, and there are steps you can take to protect every part. Check out five additional types of motorcycle safety equipment you should use every time you ride.
From balancing your bike at a stop to keeping your feet firmly planted on the foot pegs, your shoes come into play often while riding your motorcycle. The best foot protection on a bike is a sturdy pair of boots. If you cannot wear boots, opt for closed-toed, securely laced shoes. Boots also protect your legs and feet from road rash if you fall off the bike or anything leaking from the bike if you do not.
Because flip-flops and slip-on shoes can fall off when riding and do not protect you at all, we advise you avoid wearing open-toed shoes as both a rider and a passenger.
A 2008 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that lower-extremity injuries are the most common type of motorcycle accident injury. The less skin you have exposed, the lower your risk of road rash will be in a motorcycle crash. Long pants protect your legs from scrapes and abrasions if you fall off your bike, and padded pants can reduce the risk of broken bones and bruising.
Lower-extremity injuries may be more prevalent than upper-body injuries, but injuries to the abdomen and chest are usually more severe. A padded jacket helps reduce road rash by covering all of your exposed skin and adds an extra layer of cushion to protect you from broken ribs and blunt trauma injuries.
Your hands might get the brunt of the impact in a crash as most riders will put their hands out to stop them if they fall or roll off their bike. Wearing strong gloves can prevent road rash on your hands and provide a cushion against fractures. Gloves also help a rider keep a good grip on the handlebars, especially during rainy weather.
Eye protection such as a face shield, glasses, or goggles is not only a good idea, it is law in Ohio. Ohio Code § 4511.53(C)(1) requires all motorcycle riders and passengers to wear safety glasses or other protective eyewear. Moreover, it cannot just be any type of eyewear; your eye protection must meet the rules adopted by Ohio’s director of public safety.
If your helmet has a face shield, you do not need to purchase additional eye protection.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help With Serious Injuries
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault help injured bikers seek compensation for their injuries. Contact our office today to set up a free consultation to get started: 419-843-6663.
Drew Masse, a Personal Injury Attorney, joined GT&B in 2008, bringing with him 25 years of legal expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance bad faith claims. He practices in both Ohio and Michigan. Drew’s drive and commitment to right the wrongs inflicted on those who have been injured, has built his reputation as a strong advocate for his clients.