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Protective gear is vital for all motorcycle riders

People who are riding motorcycles need to ensure that they are well-protected. There are a few issues that can come with improper gear, especially if there is an accident. One piece of equipment is crucial for all motorcycle riders -- the helmet. Even though many motorcyclists don't like wearing a helmet, it is the only thing that might be able to protect your head if you are ever in a crash.

Other protective gear can also help you to stay safe as you ride. Having thick protective clothing in California might not be on the top of your list of things to wear in the normal weather here. Even if you are a little uncomfortable because of the clothing, it can save you from having to deal with the horrors of road rash if you are ever in an accident that throws you from your motorcycle.

You also need to wear something to protect your face. Other vehicles on the road might throw rocks up. The effects of even a piece of gravel hitting you in the face at driving speeds, especially highway speed, can be devastating. A face shield that is made for motorcycle riding is ideal. Even goggles would be better than nothing.

The right boots, gloves and reflective clothing are also necessary when you ride. These can all help keep you protected when you are riding. The reflective strips can be beneficial even if you have lights on your motorcycle because they give another level of safety to you, especially if you have to pull over on the side of the road for any reason.

Even if you are being as safe as possible, there is still a chance that you might end up in a crash. Seeking compensation after the crash might help you cover the cost of the accident.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "Personal Protective Gear For the Motorcyclist," accessed Dec. 14, 2017

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