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Why protective gear is vital in a motorcycle crash

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle may leave you vulnerable to injuries, such as lacerations, broken bones or a concussion. However, wearing protective gear can reduce your risk of being seriously hurt in a wreck while traveling on a Georgia road or highway.

Wear a helmet

A standard helmet can function as a barrier between yourself and the road in the event of a collision with a car or an object. If it comes with a visor, it can also offer protection for your face and eyes against bugs, gravel and wind. It’s generally a good idea to inspect your helmet in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident to ensure that it is not cracked or otherwise unable to protect you. If a helmet is cracked or doesn’t fit properly, replace it immediately.

Cover your body in leather

Exposed skin is especially vulnerable to lacerations after a wreck because it will make direct contact with the ground. Covering your body will reduce exposed skin and offer protection against cuts or scrapes if you are thrown from your bike and slide across an asphalt or concrete surface. Typically, bikers choose to wear leather because it is comfortable, stylish and offers the most protection. If you do not want to wear leather, wearing jeans and a long T-shirt is better than wearing shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt while on the road.

Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident may prevent you from working, finishing school or engaging in other activities. If the crash was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Medical bills, a police report or other lines of evidence may be used during settlement talks or at trial to obtain a favorable financial award.