Choosing the Right Motorcycle GearTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 28, 2019
Riding a motorcycle provides individuals with a sense of freedom and a sense of connection. However, motorcycle riding can be very dangerous. Motorcycles don’t offer the same protection in a collision that a car or a truck can. However, there are some steps you can take to minimize injuries. Buying the right gear can help protect you from some injuries.
The right motorcycle helmet is probably the most important piece of motorcycle gear you can have. Full face helmets are generally the safest because they offer full coverage of your face as well as your head. Make sure your helmet has a thermoplastic or reinforced composite shell. Snell Foundation certification is not a requirement, but they go above and beyond when testing helmets. When selecting a helmet, it is also important to ensure that your helmet fits you correctly. Measure your head to determine the right size. The helmet should be snug on your head, but you should not feel pressure or pinching.
A jacket that is specifically designed to protect a motorcyclist’s body is important. Jackets should have impact-absorbing material to protect the body. Check for the “CE” rating on any jacket you purchase.
Motorcycle pants should fit snugly but should also allow you to move around freely. The pants should have CE-rated armor in the hips, shins, and knees. Zipping your pants to your jacket can make you more secure. Try to find pants made by the same manufacturer as your jacket and ensure that they are compatible. If possible, a full body motorcycle suit is safest.
Protect your hands and wrists with the right gloves. Make sure your glove has a wrist retention strap to prevent the gloves from falling off. The gloves should provide full coverage of your hand. There should be no skin exposed between your jacket and your gloves. Gloves made of products such as Kevlar are best for protecting against abrasions and other injuries.
Motorcycle boots should be oil-resistant, have non-slip soles, and offer good ankle support. Try to choose soles with a metal plate in them to prevent twisting. Always make sure to lace your boots securely above the ankle.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Even with the best safety gear, you can still be injured in a motorcycle accident. If this happens, you may want to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have extensive experience representing Floridians injured in motorcycle accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to schedule your free consultation.