The 10 Essential Types of Motorcycle Gear for Ultimate Safety

By Osborne & Francis
May 12, 2024

Florida is popular among motorcyclists due to its flat stretches of open road, warm weather, and events like Daytona Bike Week. The larger presence of motorcycles on Florida roads is reflected in the number of motorcyclists seriously injured or killed each year across the state.

Although negligent driver behavior remains the primary cause of motorcycle accidents, riders should use the resources at their disposal, specifically protective gear, to minimize the severity of their injuries in the event of a crash. However, protective gear does not prevent collisions.

The personal injury attorneys at Osborne & Francis can provide you with the help you need to successfully maximize your compensation in a motorcycle accident lawsuit. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (561) 678-0156 or contacting our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando.

Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Drastically Reduces the Risk of a Serious Brain Injury

While Florida’s helmet law provides a loophole for motorcyclists over 21 with $10,000 in insurance, operators and passengers should always wear a fitted helmet when riding on a motorcycle. Helmets reduce the risk of fatality for riders and passengers by about 40%.

Motorcycle Jackets Create a Barrier Between Motorcyclists and the Rough Road 

The abrasive surface of the road is a real threat to motorcyclists who are thrown from their bikes, especially when traveling at high speeds. Leather motorcycle jackets are thick enough to protect the rider’s skin when sliding across asphalt, and they insulate the rider from the weather.

Back Protector Inserts Can Prevent Catastrophic Back Injuries for Florida Motorcyclists

Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries, and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable without the benefit of a car frame or airbags. Back protectors, which are foam inserts that adapt to the contour of the body, offer bikers structure to stabilize their spine.

Florida Motorcyclists Should Consider Wearing Undershirts Equipped With Body Armor 

Although it may seem excessive, wearing an undershirt with targeted padding under your jacket can reduce your risk of fractures and soft tissue injuries. The body armor covers critical areas, such as the chest, that could sustain life-threatening injuries from the impact of another vehicle.

Pants Offer Motorcyclists Added Coverage in the Event of a Florida Crash

Road rash is a common injury among motorcyclists, particularly those who leave their legs exposed to the road. Thick pants made out of tougher materials like denim may not seem desirable in the Florida heat, but they can save you from significant pain and medical bills.

Motorcycle Boots and Other Enclosed Shoes Are Essential Gear for Bikers

In a crash, it's not uncommon for motorcyclists to sustain fractures or lacerations to the ankles and feet when wearing open-toed shoes or those that don’t cover the ankle. It’s also dangerous to wear open-backed shoes that can slip off and compromise your ability to maintain control.

Riding Without Any Eye Protection Can Lead to a Motorcycle Accident

Florida motorcyclists are legally required to wear some form of protective eye gear, but it’s also important to be able to maintain visibility in rainy or windy conditions. Glasses, goggles, or a visor can prevent debris from entering your eyes so you can safely monitor your surroundings.

Reduce the Risk of Hearing Damage By Wearing Ear Plugs While Riding

Between the wind, traffic noises, and noisy motorcycle engines, frequent motorcycle riders can sustain temporary and permanent hearing loss without adequate ear protection. Compromised hearing can impede your ability to anticipate drivers' moves or perceive emergency vehicles.

Elbow and Knee Pads Aren’t Just for Florida Bicyclists

The purpose of motorcycle gear like elbow and knee pads is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body. Joint injuries can profoundly impact your mobility and range of motion. They can also be more difficult to heal, so elbow and knee pads for motorcyclists are worth the effort.

Motorcycle Gloves Benefit Riders’ Grip and Protect Their Hands

Maintaining a firm grip on your motorcycle’s handlebars is essential to safe maneuvering. If a car pulls out in front of you, you need to have a solid hold to be able to swerve out of the way. Additionally, gloves limit the damage to the skin and fragile bones of your hands in a collision.

Osborne & Francis Can Help You Maximize Your Compensation in a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

Motorcycle accidents can radically change your life. After sustaining a catastrophic motorcycle accident injury, you may be unable to work, drive, dress or feed yourself, or fold the laundry. At Osborne & Francis, our team will help you hold the liable party accountable for compensation.

Clients come to us in crisis and leave with answered questions, a plan of action to recover their damages, and peace of mind. By entrusting your claim to the Florida motorcycle accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis, you will receive attentive and aggressive representation.

We have proven ourselves to be highly component negotiators, as evidenced by our history of successful settlements. Our team of experts will vocally represent your interests in order to maximize your compensation for damages like medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress.

Contact the Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers of Osborne & Francis for Help With Your Claim

The aftermath of a serious Florida motorcycle accident often involves heaps of medical bills, financial uncertainty, and stress for the injured party. You shouldn’t also have to become an expert in personal injury law overnight just to effectively recover the compensation you need.

The qualified motorcycle accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis can offer the legal expertise, persuasive communication skills, vast network of resources, valuable insight, and diligent attitude that is needed to secure a fair settlement for your Florida motorcycle accident lawsuit.

You can trust the tough personal injury lawyers of Osborne & Francis to advocate for your best interests because we understand the value of your losses. Schedule a free consultation with our team of skilled negotiators at (561) 678-0156 or contacting our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando.

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