Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common on the streets and highways throughout Alabama and across the U.S. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5,172 people died as a result of motorcycle collisions in 2017 alone. Among taking other precautions, wearing the right gear when riding may help decrease the number of serious injuries and fatalities associated with such crashes.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, motorcycle riders should wear Department of Transportation-approved helmets any time they ride. In order to be most effective, their helmets should fit snuggly all around their heads and they should not have any obvious defects. Further, it is important for people to keep their helmets securely fastened while they ride so that they do not come off in the event of a wreck.
Some helmets have face shields, while others do not. These shields protect people’s faces in the event of an accident, as well as safeguard against wind, rain, dirt, dust and pebbles that may be thrown up from other vehicles. If their helmets do not have a face shield, it is advisable that motorcyclists wear goggles to protect their eyes.
The right clothing also offers motorcyclists valuable protection from serious injuries, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Even as the weather gets warmer, motorcyclists are recommended to wear jackets and long pants that cover their arms and legs. Their clothing should be loose enough to allow them to move freely; however, it should be snug enough so that it does not catch on their vehicles or flap in the wind.
The shoes people wear while riding are also important for providing vital protection. It is suggested that motorcyclists wear boots or shoes with hard, durable soles. Their shoes should be high enough to cover and support their ankles, and their heels should be short so that they do not catch on anything while they are riding.