No amount of money is worth your life or the life of a loved one. So it’s important to wear proper protective gear while operating or riding on a motorcycle. Before you operate a motorcycle you must pass a motorcycle safety course that tests your skills much like the driver’s education course that most people take in high school. You’ll learn about the latest motorcycle safety regulations, traffic laws and you’ll be tested your ability to maneuver your bike on simulated obstacle courses. You’ll also learn about the required safety gear that includes head gear, eye gear, gloves, and heavy boots or other foot wear needed to be in compliance. There also are special pads sewn into motorcycle pants and shirts that protect knees and elbows in the event of a fall, because just like learning to roller skate for the first time, falling down is a part of the process. Except when you fall from a motorcycle you are falling onto hard asphalt that could leave the riders (s) with serious injuries, even deadly injuries.
In Texas anyone under 21 years of age is required to wear a helmet while operating or as a passenger on a motorcycle. If the operator is older than 21 a helmet is optional as long as the operator has completed the motorcycle rider training course offered at community colleges and through other state agencies. Or the operator must show that they carry health insurance if he or she chooses not to wear a helmet. Riding a motorcycle without a helmet and other protective gear is putting your life in danger the faster you go and the longer you ride without it.
Motor bike riders can suffer minor bruises to brain injuries and even paralysis. And that can happen without there being another vehicle involved in the accident. A turn of the wheel too sharp or an over correction on a mistake can lead to traumatic injuries. Even the simplest skin scrape can lead to a major infection. When bike riders fall and their skin comes in contact with the asphalt there is a lot of debris on the road that can turn a simple road rash into an infection. So don’t let the embarrassment you feel of having a minor fall from your motorcycle keep you from getting medical treatment and possible seeking legal advice to find out what your options are.
With traumatic injuries come high medical bills. So if your motorcycle injury was caused during a collision with another vehicle you should not let another minute pass. Your injuries might seem minor today, but the longer you wait to see a doctor the more damage you might cause to yourself and your recovery.