Riding on a motorcycle throughout the quaint streets of Newtown or across the rest of Pennsylvania can be a pleasant experience. With this added freedom comes the responsibility of wearing extra protective gear in order to stay protected while riding.
Though some gear may be appropriate during the warm months of the summer, other equipment may be advisable to use when the temperatures are lower, such as in early spring or late fall. Make sure to have this seasonal protective motorcycle gear to stay safe throughout the year.
A Motorcycle Helmet
Of course, the most important piece of protective gear a motorcyclist can wear is a helmet. This is not a seasonal option, but instead an item that riders should wear at all times while riding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis published a report on motorcycle accidents, claiming that “helmets saved the lives of 1,617 motorcyclists in 2011,” and that 703 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
Pennsylvania’s motorcycle helmet laws make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a motorcycle without a helmet. Make sure you always wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation.
Invest in Winter Tires for Your Bike
Anyone who has ridden the streets of Pennsylvania during the winter knows how often they can become slippery from rain, ice, and heavy snow. Just like cars, motorcycles may skid and slide during inclement weather if riders don’t take preventative measures.
Before the winter begins, invest in a pair of winter motorcycle tires with proper tread and keep them on each time you ride. This will help you keep traction on the road and further prevent any accidents.
Protective Eyewear at All Times
As a motorcyclist, it is imperative that you are able to spot all potential hazards on the road in front of you. This may consist of drivers and other riders, but can also include potholes, patches of ice, or even rocks or debris that haven’t been removed.
If you are blinded by the summer sun or need to squint to block out the rain or snow, you quickly lose the ability to react adequately to any of these obstacles.
In order to stay prepared for anything that comes your way, always wear protective eyewear when riding, in the form of a:
- visor on your motorcycle helmet;
- goggles; and/or
- sturdy glasses or sunglasses that can be secured to your face.
Additionally, glare from the sun and the sun’s reflections may cause problems, which you might reduce by using polarized lenses.
Wear a Jacket in the Winter . . . and Summer
Because the temperatures drop rapidly during the winter in Pennsylvania, few motorcycle riders would ever dare hopping on their bike without wearing a warm coat. Doing so can help protect against the elements, and can also protect your skin and body in the event of a crash.
When the weather warms up, motorcycle riders should still wear a durable jacket at all times. A leather coat can be a welcome protection for skin if a crash does occur. Some jackets are specifically designed for use in the summer.
Contact an Attorney if You Have Been Injured
Unfortunately, even the most prepared motorcycle rider may be involved in an accident when on the roads. And in this situation, it is imperative to speak to a legal professional who can help you understand your rights and help you file a claim for damages. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC have the knowledge necessary to assist riders involved in a wreck on their bike. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up an appointment.