Motorcycles are not equipped with as many safety features as other vehicles. They do not have doors, steel frames, airbags, or seat belts. The lack of these important safety features make motorcyclists more vulnerable during an accident.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 4,976 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015. In the same year, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be seriously injured. Motorcycle safety gear may not totally prevent injuries in an accident, but they can reduce the risk of injuries and their severity.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed data provided by emergency care facilities for individuals treated for injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008. The CDC found that 30 percent of motorcycle accident victims suffered some type of injury to their legs and feet. This study shows that leg injuries are the most common suffered by motorcyclists involved in an accident.
The next twenty percent of motorcycle accident victims suffered injuries to their heads and necks. And the next most common type of motorcycle crash injury is to the back, followed by the arms and hands, and hips and pelvis.
Safety equipment and gear is designed to reduce the severity of injuries to these vulnerable body parts exposed in motorcycle accidents. Safety gear can even reduce death.
Different Types of Motorcycle Safety Gear
You can buy motorcycle safety gear to protect every part of your body, from your head to your toes. Helmets are important because they provide layers of styrofoam in precise densities to help protect your head from traumatic forces in an accident.
Gloves are designed to protect your hands if you fall off of your motorcycle. Thick, leather motorcycle jackets, pants and suits are designed to protect your back, legs and arms. Finally, you can wear motorcycle boots to protect your ankles and feet in the event of a serious accident while riding your bike.
These gears may not prevent all types of injuries if you are involved in an accident. However, they will reduce the severity of the injuries and even prevent death.
Call a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.
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