Temperatures and humidity have been high so far this summer in Roanoke, and that can make wearing full riding gear more uncomfortable than usual for motorcyclists.
But forgoing any aspect of riding gear can significantly increase the risk of serious injuries during accidents. “All the gear, all the time” is a common phrase in the motorcycle community, and it means that you should never ride anywhere, whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a short drive down the street, without proper protective gear.
Some riders may ride with only their helmets on during the summer to avoid the heat, but they risk many serious injuries, including:
- Road rash—Any exposed skin can be subject to painful and debilitating road rash during motorcycle accidents. There’s no part of the body that’s likely to be spared during a crash, and that’s why it’s vital for riders to wear gear that covers as much skin as possible.
- Lost digits—Gloves and riding boots do more than just protect skin—they can also protect fingers and toes from severe injuries that can result in severe nerve damage and partial or complete amputation. Gloves and boots that are designed for riding serve as an important line of defense during accidents, and riders should never get on their bikes without wearing them.
Motorcycle safety gear has come a long way in recent years, and it’s easy to find gear that’s breathable and comfortable, even when it’s hot outside.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers know that wearing protective gear can reduce the risk of injuries, but it can’t reduce the risk of accidents—especially when other drivers are negligent.
If you were injured by a careless driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.