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Does motorcycle safety equipment really help?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you just look at motorcycle accident fatality statistics, it’s clear that they are far more dangerous than cars. One study that broke down the statistics discovered that motorcycle riders were 29 times as likely to pass away in an accident as car drivers in 2019. To say that that’s a stunning statistic is an understatement. It shows that motorcycles are far more dangerous than people realize — even if it’s not the riders who are making mistakes and causing those accidents.

Many riders will contest that they can decrease the odds of being seriously injured or killed by wearing all of the proper safety equipment. Does this gear really help?

Comprehensive gear can help

It certainly can help. The biggest advantage, of course, is to wear a helmet, which massively reduces the odds of a serious head injury. A helmet with a full face covering is the best, as many impacts happen along the chin and jaw, where other types of helmets don’t provide enough coverage.

That said, experts note that wearing all of the protective gear is the best way to increase safety. That means boots, gloves, body armor and the like. If you like to ride in jeans and a t-shirt, you’re at far greater risk than if you wear padded body armor.

At the end of the day, though, nothing is going to give you the same level of protection as simply being in a car or a truck. The motorcycle rider is always at greater risk in crashes between these two classes of vehicles. If you get injured or if you lose a loved one, you need to know how to seek compensation for the costs that you’re facing.