Burns are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in motorcycle crashes. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent them.

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Don’t Get Burned by a Motorcycle Accident: Preventing Dangerous Burns

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As a long-term Seattle native, you know that sunny days are few and far between, and you must take advantage when they pop up. The way you decided to get the most out of the weather this time was to take a ride on your motorcycle. You’ve always enjoyed zooming around Puget Sound, so you headed down there.

Unfortunately, many drivers were also out on the road hoping to enjoy the bright day, which made roads dangerously congested. A car slammed on his brakes in front of you quite abruptly, and although you were able to stop in time, the van behind you didn’t. You and your bike were knocked on your sides and skidded along the road for a few feet. You weren’t aware of your injuries until a few minutes after you came to a stop.

Preventing Motorcycle Accident Burns

Since it was nice out, you wore shorts and a T-shirt for your ride. Obviously, you weren’t expecting to become involved in an accident, but the lack of protection left you with serious injuries, including a burn from the exhaust pipe on your leg, and road rash—when the skin is rubbed away from your body due to sliding across the asphalt.

Although you can’t fully prevent this injury from occurring, you may be able to halt the severity. Two key tips come to mind:

  • Wear protective clothing. Experienced bikers often cringe when they see folks wearing flip flops, shorts, and short-sleeved shirts on bikes. The fact is, motorcycles don’t offer much protection on their own, so you need all the help you can get. Wearing the thickest material you can find on your legs and arms could stop the road from scraping the skin off, and prevent other types of burns from getting so bad.
  • Wear an airbag jacket. Not only can airbag jackets stop you from hitting your head and chest hard against the concrete, but they can also stop your skin from coming in close contact with the road. Wearing an airbag jacket may lessen the blow of impact with the road, which can stop burns from occurring.

We Can Help

If you’ve suffered from burns or other injuries because of a motorcycle accident, the Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help. Contact us today to learn how.

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