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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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Avoid Motorcycle Injuries: Make Sure You Have The Proper Gear Before Riding

by Riley Sanchez

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, there are certain pieces of protective gear that motorcyclists need to wear in order to reduce their risk of injury if they are involved in a collision. You know you need to wear a helmet to protect your head and face, but do you know what other gear is necessary for adequate protection? Before swinging that leg over your bike, make sure you're dressed appropriately with these items:      

Eye Protection

Although every state is different, you may be required to wear eye protection as a driver as well as a passenger. One state where this is a requirement is Colorado. Eyewear is necessary to protect you from insects, bugs and road debris. At the same time, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it helps prevent degrading vision that can be caused by foreign objects that the wind throws into your eyes or by the wind itself. Plus, adequate eye protection can help reduce your risk of suffering a serious eye injury if you're involved in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Gloves

If you're new to riding or plan to ride an extended distance, you'll want to make sure you wear motorcycle riding gloves to help prevent the formation of blisters. These gloves will also keep your hands dry so that they don't slip on the handles from sweat or rain. Your hands will also remain safe and comfortable. Just make sure that you choose gloves that fit you well so that you can utilize your entire hand and all fingers without putting any portion of the glove or your hand in a bind. Make sure that, with the gloves on, you can successfully maneuver the handlebar controls. Opt for gloves with padding in the knuckles and palms where an impact will be absorbed if you're in an accident.

Riding Jacket

According to the NHTSA, abrasion (aka "road rash") is one of the most common injuries that motorcyclists will sustain during a motorcycle accident. A jacket, especially one made out of leather, can help prevent abrasion and protect the body. You will also want to consider a jacket that has built-in armor, such as soft pads and stiff plates, which help to absorb the impact of a crash. These should be located along the shoulders, elbows as well as the spine. Consider getting a jacket with a reflective strip to increase your visibility to other drivers.

Motorcycle Pants and Boots

Like the jacket, your motorcycle pants should be equipped with armor to protect your waist, hips, and knees in the event of a crash. You should opt for a pair of boots that protect your feet and ankles from the engine heat as well as the road if you're involved in a crash.

The aforementioned gear can significantly reduce your risk of injury if you get into an accident with another bike, pedestrian or vehicle. If you are involved in an accident, make sure that you understand your rights as an individual by contacting an experience motorcycle accident attorney (such as one from Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC) who can help you evaluate the facts of your case and determine how – or if – to proceed.