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What Gear Do I Need to Ride a Motorcycle Safely?

Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle but wearing the right gear can help reduce your risk of serious injury and death. In Florida, in fact, you must wear a helmet and eye protection any time you ride a motorcycle or moped – unless you are covered by special insurance or riding within an enclosed cab. Per §316.211 of the 2020 Florida Statutes, there are no exceptions to the helmet requirement for riders under 16 years of age.

Below, you’ll find all the gear seasoned motorcyclists recommend to keep yourself safe:

1. A Helmet

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), unhelmeted motorcyclists are 3 times more likely than helmeted riders to suffer traumatic brain injuries, and helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 to 42%.

You should wear a helmet anytime you ride a motorcycle – and make sure any passengers you bring along wear a helmet, too!

2. Eye Protection

Florida law also requires motorcyclists to wear eye protection. You may choose to wear a helmet with a visor or motorcycle goggles, but you should always protect your eyes. Without protection, flying debris or even a stray insect could easily obscure your vision and cause a crash.

3. Leather Gloves

Seasoned motorcyclists swear by leather riding gloves. If you fall off your motorcycle, your first instinct will be to extend your hands to try and protect yourself. Motorcycle gloves can help you prevent broken bones, road rash, and even severed fingers in the event of a crash.

4. A Motorcycle Jacket

In addition to making you look cool, motorcycle jackets protect you against the elements and help you keep your skin on your body in the event of a crash. As one motorcycle asks himself every time he rides: “Would I rather sweat a little, or bleed a lot?”

5. Over the Ankle Motorcycle Boots

Lower-extremity injuries are extremely common in motorcycle accidents, and motorcycle boots can protect the bones in your feet during a crash. Other shoes can literally fly off your feet in a crash, but over the ankle motorcycle boots keep your toes from the pavement. As an added bonus, motorcycle boots can give you added traction while you ride, helping you prevent accidents, in the first place.

6. Motorcycle Pants

Motorcycle pants can save your knees in a crash and protect you from burns even on regular rides. Leather and Kevlar are tougher than cotton and skin, so sliding on pavement in motorcycle pants will be much less painful than experiencing severe road rash if you ever do crash.

Bonus Gear

Some motorcyclists prefer motorcycle suits to pants and jackets, and others add body armor and/or elbow, knee, and shin guards. Hearing protection can also be helpful, as riding a motorcycle means being constantly bombarded by sound, and it can be easy to feel fatigued after a long ride. Wearing earplugs can reduce the white noise around you while allowing you to hear important traffic sounds.

Perhaps the most important piece of “gear” you can have, however, isn’t something you wear at all. Having a good motorcycle insurance policy can help you get the medical care you need after an accident, so you should never hit the road without your motorcycle license and insurance card.

No one wants to be in a motorcycle accident, but these types of crashes happen every day. If you are harmed by another driver on the road or need help getting coverage from your insurance company, do not hesitate to contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC.

We are available 24/7, so call us anytime at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle but wearing the right gear can help reduce your risk of serious injury and death. In Florida, in fact, you must wear a helmet and eye protection any time you ride a motorcycle or moped – unless you are covered by special insurance or riding within an enclosed cab. Per §316.211 of the 2020 Florida Statutes, there are no exceptions to the helmet requirement for riders under 16 years of age.

Below, you’ll find all the gear seasoned motorcyclists recommend to keep yourself safe:

1. A Helmet

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), unhelmeted motorcyclists are 3 times more likely than helmeted riders to suffer traumatic brain injuries, and helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 to 42%.

You should wear a helmet anytime you ride a motorcycle – and make sure any passengers you bring along wear a helmet, too!

2. Eye Protection

Florida law also requires motorcyclists to wear eye protection. You may choose to wear a helmet with a visor or motorcycle goggles, but you should always protect your eyes. Without protection, flying debris or even a stray insect could easily obscure your vision and cause a crash.

3. Leather Gloves

Seasoned motorcyclists swear by leather riding gloves. If you fall off your motorcycle, your first instinct will be to extend your hands to try and protect yourself. Motorcycle gloves can help you prevent broken bones, road rash, and even severed fingers in the event of a crash.

4. A Motorcycle Jacket

In addition to making you look cool, motorcycle jackets protect you against the elements and help you keep your skin on your body in the event of a crash. As one motorcycle asks himself every time he rides: “Would I rather sweat a little, or bleed a lot?”

5. Over the Ankle Motorcycle Boots

Lower-extremity injuries are extremely common in motorcycle accidents, and motorcycle boots can protect the bones in your feet during a crash. Other shoes can literally fly off your feet in a crash, but over the ankle motorcycle boots keep your toes from the pavement. As an added bonus, motorcycle boots can give you added traction while you ride, helping you prevent accidents, in the first place.

6. Motorcycle Pants

Motorcycle pants can save your knees in a crash and protect you from burns even on regular rides. Leather and Kevlar are tougher than cotton and skin, so sliding on pavement in motorcycle pants will be much less painful than experiencing severe road rash if you ever do crash.

Bonus Gear

Some motorcyclists prefer motorcycle suits to pants and jackets, and others add body armor and/or elbow, knee, and shin guards. Hearing protection can also be helpful, as riding a motorcycle means being constantly bombarded by sound, and it can be easy to feel fatigued after a long ride. Wearing earplugs can reduce the white noise around you while allowing you to hear important traffic sounds.

Perhaps the most important piece of “gear” you can have, however, isn’t something you wear at all. Having a good motorcycle insurance policy can help you get the medical care you need after an accident, so you should never hit the road without your motorcycle license and insurance card.

No one wants to be in a motorcycle accident, but these types of crashes happen every day. If you are harmed by another driver on the road or need help getting coverage from your insurance company, do not hesitate to contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC.

We are available 24/7, so call us anytime at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

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