Many motorcyclists choose to ride because of the freedom it offers as well as the feeling of being more in touch with the environment: the lack of a passenger compartment (cage) means that riders can enjoy first-hand the sunshine and fresh air of the outdoors, the wind and sound and feeling of the road, along with that three dimensional movement that cannot fail to put a smile on your face. Unfortunately, the lack of a steel safety cage also means that motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured if they are involved in any crash or fall. Indeed, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders suffer 5 percent of all highway fatalities, even though they represent only 2 percent of all vehicles on the road. Those inverse statistics are a bit frightening. So, motorcycle riders need to protect themselves as much as possible by riding defensively and also by wearing the right kind of gear.
Because motorcycles offer little in the way of protection, it is essential for riders to wear personal protective gear to stay safe. Below is a list of the most important safety gear that every rider should wear.
A San Francisco Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney who specializes in motorcycle crash cases. A personal injury lawyer can help evaluate your potential case and explain to you your options. Many lawyers call themselves motorcycle lawyers, however only a few actually have adequate experience and knowledge to understand the dynamics of a motorcycle accident. To learn if you have a case, contact a motorcycle attorney.