While a significant portion of legislation concerning motorcycle safety focuses on compulsory helmet use and its merits, often overlooked is the importance of proper riding apparel such as motorcycle jackets with protective skid-plates, “leathers,” steel-toed or reinforced footwear, and cycling gloves. In concert with a DOT approved helmet, these items of clothing can make a significant difference in the outcome of a motorcycle collision or accident. In the absence of these items, the complications of accidents and recovery can be staggering.Motorcycle Safety Gear
Injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident are different from those experienced during a motor vehicle crash because of the nature of motorcycle operation. Riders are exposed to a higher risk of serious and lasting injury and complications. Injuries sustained during impact – such as broken bones and internal injury – are only one aspect of the risks motorcyclists face. Without proper protective gear, the rider may come into direct contact with the road or other surfaces, resulting in what is generally referred to as “road rash.” Road rash, which are the abrasions, lacerations and muscular damage caused during a motorcycle accident, pose specific immediate and long-term health risks, requiring specialized immediate care, and the potential for intensive long-term rehabilitation.
In the immediate, the cyclist involved in an accident will need to be treated for lacerations, broken bones, torn ligaments and other soft tissue damage. This immediate medical attention requires the intervention of paramedics, emergency room staff, and potentially specialists to address the complexity of this type of damage. Even after the initial stabilization, the patient may face a litany of complications, such as the threat of infection, the need for blood transfusions, skin grafting, hyperbaric (oxygen tank) wound treatments, and other therapeutic measures. Damage to the muscles or tendons may require occupational therapy in order to restore mobility. Often, reconstructive surgeries are required to alleviate the outward appearance of injuries to the face and extremities.
Protecting oneself through the use of quality protective gear may help mitigate some of the damage caused in the event of an accident. However, even with the use of these protective measures, the risk associated with motorcycle operation is very real. Furthermore, with the special difficulties inherent in recovery from motorcycle accidents, come the financial costs associated with aggressive and extensive treatment and rehabilitative measures.
Medical bills associated with these types of injuries can be substantial, and may not be fully covered by individual health insurance. In cases where another vehicle operator is at fault, compensation for coverage of medical costs, lost wages during recuperation, and pain & suffering are vital. Seeking the legal counsel of a qualified injury attorney who specializes in personal injury law will ensure you are fairly compensated for both the tangible and intangible losses associated with the accident.
Because of the costs associated with motorcycle injury, it is possible that court action may be required to reach a settlement with the at-fault party or their insurance company. A knowledgeable attorney will successfully navigate the claims and litigation process, and ensure that your ongoing financial and medical needs are met.
Ty Wilson is a personal injury attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order his free book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims. This book is intended to give you and/or your loved one a solid foundation regarding Georgia auto accident claims, how to hire an attorney, and how to deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.