What’s a little extra material going to do if you hit a vehicle traveling at 40 or 50 miles per hour? What happens when you hit the road when you bail off the bike to avoid further injury? There’s a lot going on when a rider realizes that a crash is imminent. There’s a lot that you have to think about, but you can take action to help reduce damages and injuries. And if you do get into a motorcycle accident, make sure to call a Richmond motorcycle crash lawyer right away.
Virginia Laws on Rider Safety
Virginia recommends that motorcycle riders wear eye protection, jackets, pants, gloves, and proper footwear. The state requires that all riders and passengers wear helmets that meet the specifications of the American National Standards Institute, the Federal Department of Transportation, and the Snell Memorial Foundation.
These institutions set the standard on helmets in an effort to reduce the number of brain injuries, and fatal head injuries. Wearing a helmet are nearly 29% effective in preventing fatalities and 67% effective at reducing brain injuries.
Other than the helmet law, there aren’t requirements for eyewear or body protection. However, the Virginia DMV provides clear explanations for what is and is not proper riding gear. Personal protection and proper riding gear include a lot more than a basic helmet.
Most helmets available through motorsport shops will have a symbol or label showing that they meet state requirements. A basic helmet should be much more than Styrofoam smashed into a metal shell. In fact, the motorcycle helmet Styrofoam is usually tailored into specific densities to slow down the rate or impact or force that your head would experience during a crash. It’s placed into a flexible plastic-like material in which the ls absorb and disperse energy.
Helmets should also have shields for eye protection, or to have cuts in a particular form to allow for a wide variety of eye protection options.
Ideally, a helmet will protect you from serious brain or head injuries, even in the worst of crashes. It’s important to know also that the more expensive helmets aren’t necessarily better. While a cheaper option isn’t always ideal, it doesn’t mean that a less expensive option is better than a top-shelf helmet.
Always look at the manufacturer, durability ratings, and other factors such as fit and form before buying a helmet. Then keep in mind that any helmet is better than no helmet at all.
Many people think of gloves as a superficial option, something to just complete the gear. After a helmet, gloves are the best piece of gear you can have. No matter how you fall, your instinct will always be to stop your fall, and that means putting your hands out in front of you.
Gloves can substantially reduce or outright eliminate the possibility of road rash or abrasions on your hands. When looking for the right gloves for you, look for a snug fit that doesn’t put a strain on the stitching and a retention strap that fits comfortably as well.
Other additives such as vibration reduction or palm sliders are excellent benefits of high-quality gloves. You can also look for gloves that keep your hands cool or warm in difficult weather conditions.
Jackets, Suits, and Pants
One of the most common motorcycle injuries after a crash is abrasion. Road rash is often played down as if it’s nothing less than a badly skinned knee. That’s not true in most cases. Imagine losing all the skin across the side of your thigh and hip. Those are the levels of abrasion that can affect a rider wearing jeans or shorts, even in a crash at less than 30 miles per hour.
Shopping for body armor is all about preference. Some high-quality materials will only survive one crash but will provide a massive amount of protection while other options may prove only moderate levels of protection.
Defend Yourself After a Crash with a Richmond Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
The team at CAIL help put together strong cases for motorcycle riders that otherwise might have had really small settlements. Hiring a Richmond motorcycle crash lawyer can help you prove that you did everything possible to protect yourself. Motorcycle helmets, body armor, and gloves are all proactive actions that you took to protect yourself in the event of a crash.
If you were hurt on a motorcycle, then you need an injury attorney to navigate your case. Too often, motorcyclists are painted as an unsafe driver, when they are actually the victim. Contact CAIL to put together your case and fight for the compensation that you need.
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