For many people, getting a motorcycle is one of the best moments of their lives. Many motorcycle enthusiasts love the freedom of driving down the open road. However, there is a downside that comes with motorcycle riding. As opposed to cars, the operator and motorcycle riders must wear much of the safety needed. This blog will review some of the essential safety equipment riders should wear when heading out on the road.
One of the most critical pieces of equipment you can purchase is a helmet. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) facts and figures around motorcycle helmet use, in 2021, motorcycle helmet use was at about 65% among riders. Drivers wearing a helmet while riding has decreased from a record high of 71% in 2018. According to statistics compiled by the NSC, over 15 years, 25,000 motorcycle riders were saved by their helmet. Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators and 41% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle passengers. When searching for a helmet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends purchasing a helmet marked with a “DOT FMVSS no. 218, CERTIFIED” label on the back of the helmet. This label means that the helmet follows federal safety standards.
When purchasing clothing for riding, make sure that the dress you buy is road ready. This means that any jackets, pants, boots, or gloves you buy are not only wind-resistant for preventing winds from causing you to become chilled or overheated while riding but also durable and padded. This durability and padding are critical for riding. In the event of a crash, you want your clothing to absorb the damage and be strong enough not to be destroyed, leaving you vulnerable to the asphalt.
Chicago’s Motorcycle Injury Lawyers
After a motorcycle accident, it can be challenging to know where to begin, but the team at McNabola & Associates, LLC can help. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will help explain your legal options and guide you through the legal process. As a boutique firm, you can trust that we will give your case the attention it deserves to allow you to focus on recovery.