Since fall is coming up fast, you decided to take your bike through Mutton Hunk to see if any of the trees have begun changing color. On your way there, you were cruising down Metompkin Road, about to turn onto Baker, when all of a sudden a bus cut you off and sent you skidding toward the open field.
Thankfully, you were wearing your helmet and leather jacket, so your head and torso were protected, but once you hit the ground, your hands, legs. and hips became badly scraped and flayed. By the time you stopped skidding, your legs and hands were a bloody mess with road rash.
Although you’re thankful that you remembered your helmet and jacket, you’re upset that you didn’t take more precautions to protect the rest of your body.
Safety Precautions to Prevent Road Rash
The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that motorcyclists are nine times more likely to be injured than anyone else in a traffic accident. It estimates that nearly 100,000 people a year are injured in motorcycle collisions due to the lack of proper safety equipment and gear.
So the next time you take your bike out for a spin, don’t put yourself in the position to become a statistic. Instead, always make sure that you ride defensively, and wear these five safety accessories to help prevent serious road rash injuries.
- Helmet. Not only will a helmet prevent painful facial abrasions, but it will help decrease your odds of a head, brain, or neck injury as well
- Safety goggles or other eye protection. Goggles not only can prevent traumatic scrapes to your eyes, but they’ll also keep debris and dust from temporarily blinding you and causing a severe accident.
- Leather, ballistic nylon, or durable jackets and pants. Durable and resistant clothing, such as heavy duty nylon and leather, can act as a protective layer of skin, preventing a drag or skid from peeling off your own flesh.
- Protective gloves. Gloves will protect the sensitive palms of your hands from being scraped, cut, and mangled.
- Boots or durable footwear. Not only will durable shoes give you more traction while on your bike, but if you need to suddenly put your foot down, it will also protect it from abrasions.
Where to Turn When Precautions Fail
No matter how cautious you are, it’s a scary and sad reality that accidents can still happen. Don’t allow someone else’s irresponsible decisions to cause you serious, enduring injuries and scars. If you’ve recently been in a motorcycle accident and sustained traumatic injuries, contact us today for a free consultation about your rights and options. We can help you file an injury claim to collect fair compensation you need for treatment and damages. What are you waiting for? Call now to fight back!
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