The sense of freedom you feel while riding around Texas on two wheels is something that you just don’t find while riding in a traditional car, truck, or SUV. But as all motorcyclists know, those perks come with a significant and occasionally deadly tradeoff: a complete lack of safety features and protection.
Motorcyclists don’t have seat belts, airbags, or crash avoidance systems to protect them in the event of an accident. They must rely solely on their own wits, reaction times, good judgment, and most importantly, their protective gear. Wearing the right protective gear is often the difference between a crash that results in bruises and a crash that’s instantly fatal.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our Texas motorcycle accident lawyer has helped many bikers who were hurt through no fault of their own, and we know that many were fortunate to be alive. In most cases, those victims survived because they wore the following gear:
- Riding jacket and pants – Road rash isn’t just extremely painful—it can also be deadly, especially if it gets infected. A thick riding jacket and pants can protect your skin during a crash.
- Industry-approved helmet – Make sure your helmet is DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell-certified and that it covers your entire face before your ride.
- Gloves and boots – Your hands, ankles, and feet are highly vulnerable during a crash. Riding-caliber gloves and boots will help protect them during crashes from road rash and other severe injuries.
There are many inherent dangers associated with motorcycles, including other drivers. Wearing the right safety gear reduces your risks, but it doesn’t eliminate them. If you were hurt in a crash that was caused by a careless driver, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Our legal team knows what it takes to get favorable results, and our consultations are always free.