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It is essential that motorcycle riders suit up with the following safety gear before they hit the road. It is for their protection- to reduce injuries to their bodies in case of an accident. If you are a motorcycle rider, you already know how important protective wear is to your life on the road. Critical motorcycle safety equipment can save the lives of both the rider and the passenger. Essential protective gear for motorcycle riders starts with the basics like helmets, to more specialized safety equipment like abrasion-resistant riding pants.
The following are four essential pieces of protective gear for motorcycle riders, to save them from serious bodily injury, in case an accident happens.
A motorcycle helmet consists of four basic parts that shield and protect the head of a rider in the event of a motorcycle collision. The four basic parts include:
- An inner protective lining: it collapses in the event of an impact or shock force to absorb further the shock to the head of a rider.
- A carbon fiber or Kevlar hard outer shell to resist and absorb shock.
- A helmet chin: it secures the helmet to the head of a rider incase of an impact.
- A foam liner: for comfort, and moulds the helmet to the rider’s head. It can be removed for cleaning.
In order to ensure you choose a helmet that fits your head correctly, use a tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler to measure the circumference around the largest part of the head- right above the eyebrow. A helmet that fits right should feel snug around your head, but it shouldn’t hurt. Keep in mind that the helmet liner stretches about half a size, once worn. Once you’ve worn a helmet, fasten the chin strap and shake your head from side to side and up and down to test for looseness.
A face shield prevents bugs from invading your mouth, also providing protection against the elements and road debris as you ride. Some helmets come included with a face shield, others need one added. Choose a helmet whose face shield is impact resistant to rocks, should you suffer a collision. Also opt for a face shield that is scratch resistant as scratches can refract light and impair vision. Secure your face shield to your helmet by fastening both sides.
Motorcycle gloves protect the hands of a rider from blisters and also keep them safe from road debris, and prevent injury or abrasions in case of a fall or accident. Choose a pair of motorcycle gloves that fit your hands snugly, but don’t impair motorcycle operation. You can choose several different pairs – one for fall and one for summer.
Boots protect the feet and ankles of a rider while he/she rides against flying debris, hot exhaust pipes, etc. Pick a pair made of oil-resistant material, slip free rubber-based composite soles for grip on bike pegs and pavement, and a pair that cover the ankles from flying debris, exhaust pipe burns, bike spills, and crashes.
In 2012, there were 460 motorcycle accidents in Texas that resulted in fatalities, and more than half who were killed were not wearing a helmet. Most motorcycle accidents happen because the driver didn’t see the motorcyclist. If you are ever the victim of a motorcycle accident, here is what you should do:
- Seek medical help: Most motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries or even death. If you were in a motorcycle accident, you should call 911 immediately. Even if you don’t think you were injured, your injuries might show up later, so your should be checked out as soon as possible.
- Contact the police: It’s important to call the police after being in a motorcycle accident, so they can write a police report. A police report is an unbiased perspective from an official about what happened during the accident. It’s vital evidence for insurance companies and for the court, if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- Gather evidence: If you decide to seek compensation for your motorcycle accident, it’s important to have as much evidence as possible for your case. Take pictures of the accident scene, write down as soon as possible what occurred during the motorcycle accident, and make detailed notes about the driver and the damage that was caused. Ask witnesses for their contact information too.
- Contact a motorcycle accident attorney: Before you talk to insurance companies, it’s important to contact a motorcycle accident attorney. Insurance companies will try to not give you the compensation you deserve, but a Texas motorcycle accident attorney will help you navigate the law to get the justice you are entitled to.
If you were the victim of a Texas motorcycle accident and were not wearing a helmet, you might wonder if you can still get compensation. Texas recommends all motorcycle riders and passengers wear a motorcycle helmet that meets the safety standards of the state’s Department of Public Safety. But you can drive a motorcycle in Texas without wearing a helmet if:
You are 21 and over and have completed an approved motorcycle operator training and safety course.
Or you hold medical insurance covering injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.
If you weren’t wearing a helmet and got into a Texas motorcycle accident, it is more likely that you received a concussion or other head injury and as a result have higher medical bills.
The opposing side might say that if you had been wearing a helmet, the settlement you are asking for would’ve been a lot lower. This type of argument can hold up in court. It’s easier to get the settlement you want if you can prove you were taking every precaution, and the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. That’s why it’s vital to contact a skilled motorcycle accident attorney if you weren’t wearing a helmet, and were the victim of a Texas motorcycle accident.
An 18-year-old man was killed in a recent motorcycle accident after striking an object on the roadway. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. There is no information regarding the type of debris he struck or about who may have dropped it on the roadway.
According to a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2007, roadway debris causes approximately 25,000 traffic accidents and nearly 100 traffic accident-related deaths nationwide.
Under Texas law, it is illegal to dump any type of debris on the roadway. For allowing “loose material” to spill or blow out of a vehicle, the Texas Transportation Code provides a fine of up to $200 and $500 for subsequent violations.
For pickups and other vehicles not being used commercially, the transportation code specifies that loose material must be secured, and in some cases covered. The code also requires a driver to retrieve objects spilled from his or her vehicle onto the roadway.
In such cases, the individual or entity that dropped the debris on the roadway can be held civilly liable for the damages and losses sustained by others. Moreover, families of deceased auto accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, as well as pain and suffering.
The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of W.T. Johnson can help you obtain fair compensation for your losses. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, please contact us for a free and comprehensive consultation.
Recently a motorcycle accident near Collin College in McKinney sent a traffic sergeant to the hospital. The deputy chief said that Sgt. Paul Gade was riding his police motorcycle back to the police station when an SUV turned out of Collin College’s parking lot and hit him. The sergeant is expected to make a full recovery and return home soon. The accident is still under investigation.
It is common for motorcycle accidents to result from a failure to yield the right-of-way. Drivers who are distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent often miss an approaching motorcycle. It is crucial that motorists obey the law by remaining focused and by yielding the right-of-way.
If you were the victim of a negligent motorist, you may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault party. Our knowledgeable Texas motorcycle accident lawyers can help you receive support for medical bills, hospitalization fees, lost wages, disabilities, permanent injuries, disfigurement, the cost of future treatment and other related damages.
The experienced lawyers at the Law Office of W.T. Johnson help victims of motorcycle accidents get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.