From Harley riders to sport bike enthusiasts, safe motorcycle riders have one thing in common. It’s a saying: “All the gear, all the time.” This means that every time they go riding – whether for a cross-country tour or a five-minute trip to the drugstore – they wear all of their protective clothing to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

For motorcycle riders, the greatest danger often isn’t the motorcycle itself. This is a common misconception. In fact, riding a motorcycle is far from dangerous for riders who have good technique and follow the rules of the road. Instead, the danger most often lies in sharing the road with others.

So, how can motorcycle riders reduce their risk of injury in the event of an accident?

All the Gear, All the Time

Wearing all of your protective gear each time you go out riding is important for preventing injuries and minimizing the damage to your body should you be involved in a collision with another vehicle. Obviously, protecting your head is the biggest concern, but when you take into consideration the weight of your bike and the amount of damage that can result even at school zone speeds, it just makes sense to protect the rest of your body as well.

Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:

• Traumatic brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Broken bones
• Severe contusions and lacerations
• Burns

Riding Gear for Everyday Safety

There are basic pieces of motorcycle riding gear that are essential to the everyday rider.

Before you go out riding, consider putting on:

• A Safety-Rated Helmet – At a minimum, all motorcycle helmets sold in the United States must meet the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) safety standards. Additional rating organizations, such as Snell, go above and beyond the DOT’s requirements.
• Riding Gloves – Motorcycle riding gloves can protect your hands from rocks and bugs while riding, take abrasions in the event of a fall, and provide better grip in wet conditions.
• Motorcycle Boots – Boots provide ankle support and protect your feet and lower legs. They will also help to protect your feet in case of an accident.
• Riding Pants – When it comes to riding pants, there is a wide range of options available. These include full leathers, over-pants for cold and wet riding conditions, and mesh pants with Kevlar padding for summer riding.
• Motorcycle Jacket – Motorcycle jackets provide protection for your upper body, and manufacturers offer the same options as are available for riding pants.

While you cannot control other drivers, you can do everything within your power to protect yourself from serious injury (or worse) should you be involved in an accident. This starts with gearing up for your ride.

Speak with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in New Jersey

If you have questions about motorcycle safety laws, or if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey, contact Petro Cohen, by calling or filling out our online contact form.