The Importance of Wearing Motorcycle Protective Gear and Clothing

  • Posted by: David Scott
  • Category: Motorcycle Accidents
Law Office of Teresa P. Williams, Clearwater, FL, Motorcycle Protective Gear

Riding a motorcycle is described as a thrilling and adventurous experience. But aside from the excitement of riding a motorcycle and the feeling of cruising on the open road, a motorcycle offers a more affordable, faster, and fuel-efficient way to travel. Still, with all the benefits of owning and riding a motorcycle, it is essential to regard safety as the priority. Safety begins with investing in the best possible motorcycle protective gear and clothing you can afford. Doing so safeguards the riding experience and lessens the risks of injury.

What Motorcycle Protective Gear to Wear, How to Wear It and What NOT to Wear

Wearing good motorcycle gear and clothing makes a substantial difference if you are in a motorcycle accident and helps reduce environmental distractions such as weather, bugs, and road debris. The necessary riding gear and clothing include:

What To Wear

  • Full face helmet with a windshield or protective eyewear
  • Sturdy Gloves to protect your hands
  • Jackets and pants to help protect your skin against the elements, the road and other objects
  • Boots or heavy-duty shoes to provide proper grip and protect your feet and ankles

All motorcycle clothing and gear should fit snug and be comfortable.

What Not To Wear

  • Baseball caps or other casual hats
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve T-shirts
  • Sandals or flip-flops

How Does Motorcycle Protective Gear and Clothing Help?

  • Helmets provide highly recommended head protection.
  • Sturdy boots grip and protect your feet and ankles from exposure or getting caught on motorcycle bike parts, or injuries from contact with bars, pavement or other objects.
  • Protective jackets and pants help avoid road rash, broken bones, and scratches from road debris. The material should be nylon, leather, or denim for durability.
  • Protective eyewear safeguards your eyes from dirt, insects, and other flying objects.
  • Heavy-duty gloves protect your hands from abrasion.

Does Florida Have a Motorcycle Helmet Law?

Yes, however, it is not always clear. You are not required to wear a helmet if you are over 21 years old and carry motorcycle insurance with at least $10,000 in medical benefits.

Florida law requires riders to wear a helmet and protective eyewear if they do NOT have motorcycle insurance and are over 21 years of age. Everyone under 21 years of age MUST wear a helmet and protective eyewear. Since riding a motorcycle comes with risks, we recommend riders wear a helmet, and when you do wear a helmet, it is important to note that it must be USDOT compliant.

Don’t Wait To Speak To A Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents are all too common in Florida, and wearing proper safety gear and clothing can minimize damages and injuries; therefore, owning a motorcycle is of great responsibility to yourself and those around you. The motorcycle accident specialists at The Law Office Of Teresa Williams are ready to guide you to safe motorcycle ownership. If you need a motorcycle accident attorney, call 727-796-2706 or contact us on our website here.

Author: David Scott