While most motorcycle enthusiasts could tell you about the many types of motorcycles, provide insight into motorcycle engines and maintenance, additional consideration must also be given to motorcycle safety equipment and protective clothing. Before a motorcyclist leaves for a ride, they should ensure that they have the following essential safety equipment and clothing:
While registered motorcycle owners over the age of 21 are allowed to ride without a helmet in Kentucky, statistics show that wearing a USDOT approved helmet significantly reduces your risk of severe injury and death. To determine if a helmet is USDOT approved, you should check with the helmet manufacturer. In addition, you should consider the following when selecting a helmet:
Helmets typically come in three types: full-face, three quarters, or half shell. The full-face helmet will provide the most protection and should include all of the above specifications. Head injuries are common in motorcycle accidents, so wearing a full-face helmet could save your life.
Whether you use a full-face helmet or not, you still need to ensure that your face, eyes, and ears are protected. Even with a face windshield on your motorcycle, you could still be injured by flying debris, including small pebbles or compacted dirt. To adequately protect your face, eyes, and ears, you should ensure that the protective gear you use:
While head protection may be considered the most crucial motorcycle safety gear, consideration should also be given to clothing. When skin meets asphalt or flying debris, you can suffer severe damage. Clothing can act as a secondary layer of protection from debris or collision impact. Wearing the right kind of protective clothing may not prevent damages completely, but it may lessen your injuries. Ensure the protective clothing:
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another motorist, contact a personal injury attorney at Saladino & Schaaf to discuss your case or call 270-444-0406 or 270-753-1529 for a free consultation today. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but the clock is ticking.
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