In addition to practicing safe driving skills, there is another way to prevent motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities: by wearing the proper protection. Take steps to protect yourself and others on the road by wearing these safety items:
- A motorcycle helmet – Because of the Georgia state helmet law, all motorcycle drivers and riders are required to wear a helmet for motorcycle protection at all times. This prevents traumatic brain and head injuries in the event of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a helmet can reduce your chance of a motorcycle accident fatality by 42 percent.
- Proper footwear – Your shoes should have good tread and grip on the soles to prevent slipping off the pedals while driving. They should also protect you from areas of the motorcycle that get hot and help prevent foot and ankle injuries if you get into an accident.
- A jacket or protective suit – These can protect you from weather, like rain, wind, and debris, as well as prevent wounds if involved in a motorcycle accident. The ideal materials are leather, Kevlar, or ballistic nylon because they are durable and protective. These items should fit comfortably and have elastic bands around the wrists, ankles, and waist to keep them from needing adjustment while you ride.
- Gloves – A good pair of gloves can help ensure you are able to grip your bike handles properly and prevent you from sustaining hand injuries or wounds in the event of an accident.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, call 1-404-467-0909 to discuss your case with an Atlanta personal injury attorney at S. Burke Law.