The 5 Pieces of Gear You Need to Ride a Motorcycle

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The 5 Pieces of Gear You Need to Ride a Motorcycle

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), 5579 riders died in road accidents in one year. What’s more, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than a vehicle occupant per vehicle mile.

Motorcycles lack protection offered by vehicles, putting riders at a greater risk of injuries or fatality in crashes. It’s essential to reduce the associated risk of injuries by using safety gear, training, and licensing, among other measures.

Typically, safety gear provides your body with a cushion from harsh weather, the impact of falling, and wind. You can still suffer injuries with safety gear, however, if you are in a crash in Chicago, you should always speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer.

Motorcycle Jacket

A motorcycle jacket should have durable and high-quality material for enhanced safety on the road. Manufacturers design paddling to protect high-impact areas like shoulders or elbows. The protective layer—paddling— also prevents burns and abrasions that riders experience following an accident. Lastly, motorcycle jackets keep you warm in cool weather.

Below are different jackets with the corresponding seasons.

  1. Ballistic mesh for summer
  2. Full leather jacket for winter
  3. Perforated jacket for spring


Motorcycle Boots

Most people go for helmets, jackets, and gloves to prevent the impact of motorcycle accidents. Even so, boots are equally important. They protect the rider’s feet and small bones from the risk of bruising or fractures.

Motorcycle boots protect riders in a variety of ways. First, it has thick soles with an air pocket to absorb the impact of a crash and potential injury to the heel. Also, some boots come with a steel shank and protective plate at the shin area or ankle bones. More importantly, the boot design includes fasteners, laces, or zippers for added convenience and safety.


Motorcycle Helmet

Helmets reduce the risk of severe head injuries following a forceful impact. In some instances, a rider can be dragged along the pavement, exposing the face, eyes, face, head, and brain to the risk of fatal injuries.

Helmets contain a crushable foam responsible for reducing the risk of injury and fatality. When you crash and hit the ground or asphalt, the foam absorbs the energy, effectively mitigating the impact on the brain and skull.


Leather Gloves

Protective gloves rank high on the list of safety gear for motorists. In case of an accident, instinct will prompt you to extend your hands for a safe landing. A rider who lands without safety gloves can suffer broken bones, bruises, or amputated fingers.

Compared to fiber, leather has ample breathing spores and offers different abrasive properties. Generally, gloves come with knuckle protectors, protect hands from the wind, and keep them warm.


Motorcycle Pants

Motorcycle pants come with padded inserts that protect hips and knees from injury. Once you crush, the knees and hips encounter the most significant impact from the asphalt or ground. That said, wearing padded pants prevents fractured hips, sore muscles, or broken knees.


Talk to a Qualified Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcyclists can use safety gear to reduce the high rate of injuries associated with riders, though injuries still happen. In case of an accident, an experienced lawyer from Malman Law can quickly help you get the deserved payment. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by President and Founder, Steven J. Malman who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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