Motorcycles have fewer safety features than cars to protect riders in an accident. Here are some accessories that can help keep motorcyclists safer on the road.

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Proper Gear Can Help Keep Motorcyclists Safe on the Road

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable in accidents due, in part, to the lack of a strong “exoskeleton” equipped with safety features, such as airbags, seat belts, roll bars, or side impact protection. Fortunately, this doesn't mean that motorcyclists have no options when it comes to protecting themselves on the road. From required safety items such as helmets to optional, but excellent, accessories with safety benefits, there's a lot that motorcyclists can do to protect themselves while cruising down the highway.

Motorcycle Accessories With Safety Benefits

Planning an adventure on your motorcycle? For safety's sake, don't hit the road without the following safety gear and accessories:

  • Helmet. In Washington State, a helmet is more than just a safety accessory; it's a legal requirement for motorcyclists. Helmets not only keep your head safe during impact, models with visors also help shield your eyes from bugs, dirt, dust, gravel, and whatever else the road throws at you. For best results, wear a helmet that's approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Riding gear. A reinforced leather jacket does more than make you look cool on your bike, these jackets—as well as those made of padded or reinforced denim—can help prevent road rash in the event that an accident causes your body to slide across the gravel or pavement. You can, and should, also find similarly padded and reinforced pants to complete the safety ensemble.
  • Boots. Your choice of footwear may not seem like a big deal, but when your feet are being battered with kicked-up gravel or burned by a brush with a hot engine, you might change your mind. Look for sturdy motorcycle boots that offer ankle protection and feature a stiff toe box and sturdy nonslip soles.
  • Gloves. Like boots, safety gloves may seem like a nonessential item for motorcyclists. However, the right pair of motorcycle gloves can improve your grip and make the hand controls easier to operate. Best of all, they'll protect your hands from road rash during an accident. Motorcycle gloves come in two varieties: those that fit over the jackets cuffs and those that fit under.

Were You Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist's negligence, you may find your entire life turned upside down—all because of another person's poor decisions on the road. The medical bills and time missed from work can add to the physical and emotional stress you're facing, and leave you wondering how you'll ever get your life back together. Fortunately, motorcyclists who were involved in accidents can sometimes pursue compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages caused by missing work, and their physical pain and emotional suffering. The knowledgeable legal team with the Andrew Kim Law Firm can evaluate your case and advise you on whether seeking a financial award is likely to be successful. Contact our office in Bellevue today!