How to Choose a Safe Motorcycle Jacket to avoid New Jersey Motorcycle Injuries
Riding a motorcycle on a warm spring day is the ultimate joy for many enthusiasts out there. But a fun ride can turn into a life-threatening situation if you are not outfitted in the best safety gear. In conjunction with picking out a helmet, choosing a motorcycle jacket is one of the most important decisions for riders. Jackets are stylish, yes, but serve a much larger safety function as a protectorate from injury on the road. If you find yourself in a New Jersey motorcycle accident without proper outerwear, serious injuries, disabilities or scars can result.
Heavy leather is the standard material for motorcycle jackets. When shopping for a leather motorcycle jacket, be sure it’s at least one-millimeter thick all around. However, synthetic jackets made of Cordura or Kevlar also offer good protection.
You might want to consider buying a brightly colored jacket or putting reflectors on it. If you are driving or night or in the event you get caught in rain, fog or other unsavory conditions, you will be more visible to other drivers.
Many jackets come with armored plates on the shoulders, elbows and arms. Armor provides extra defense in the event of a crash. When choosing a jacket, you’ll encounter flexible and rigid armor. While flexible armor (otherwise known as soft armor) is generally more comfortable than rigid armor, rigid will give you better protection. Most riders don’t notice the armor after a few rides.
Also make sure your jacket fits properly so wind doesn’t get in your jacket and your sleeves don’t get caught. Your collar should be tight but not restrictive so you can easily check you blind spot.
Other non-safety considerations to think about are air ventilation for more comfortable riding, weatherproofing, and collar style.
Experienced Morristown accident lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. is an avid motorcycle rider. He understands the joys and safety risks involved in riding. If you or a loved one is involved in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, contact us today at 877-360-0183 for help.
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