Motorcycle Protective Gear: Don’t Expect Jeans to Offer Protection

If you own a motorcycle, chances are you enjoy it for a lot more than just the simple commute. This alternative style of transportation allows for a much greater sense of freedom in travel, and many bikers think they enjoy the world’s natural landscape and fresh air more without the constraints of a car or truck. The flip side of that, of course, is that there is much greater chance for injury or fatality; in fact, Florida is one of the most dangerous places to travel on a motorcycle, leading in fatalities.

And while you may enjoy a sense of freedom, traveling down the highway unprotected is a bad idea. This begins at the top, with your helmet, helping prevent serious physical harm such as traumatic brain injury and more. Wearing the proper clothing is vital too, and while many may expect a hardy pair of denims to play a starring role in motorcycle wear, this type of material is not recommended for true protection. Jeans may seem more than thick enough for normal wear, but this is not the case while riding a motorcycle—and especially if you have the unfortunate luck to hit the pavement.

If you wear jeans daily, the best plan may be to wear motorcycle pants that fit over them, or purchase a type of jeans made specifically for motorcyclists. One-piece suits are also highly recommended, especially if you live in an area with colder weather and want to choose more insulation (or you may opt for leather jacket and pants). Don’t forget a sturdy pair of motorcycle boots, along with gloves and protective eyewear. While considering what to wear, keep in mind too that visibility is a major issue to avoid collisions with cars and trucks. While black leather is common, reflective material is highly recommended. Brightly colored bikes are extremely helpful, and this applies to helmets too. Make sure headlights and tail-lights are in good working order—and like many motorcyclists, you may want additional lighting.

See more on motorcycle topics in recent blogs regarding what to do after a collision with a car, defensive driving, and more. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Facial Fractures Commonly Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you probably enjoy a lot more than just driving back and forth to work every day. Although a faster and more economical commute makes traveling on two wheels enticing, most of the country can be enjoyed by motorcycle—including over 100 scenic byways and other roads that allow for hours of fresh air and breathtaking landscapes. The health benefits abound too, from the amount of mental acuity required during each ride to strength built in the core and legs.

Motorcyclists report feeling a great sense of freedom, traveling unfettered by the protection of a car—as well as feeling camaraderie with other riders out on the roads. The flip side of all the goodness experienced in riding, however, is an ongoing concern for safety. All the features that offer such a sense of freedom in travel can also be a major downfall if safety procedures are not followed or if you are struck by a car or truck.

You may have read some of our previous blogs regarding typical injuries caused by motorcycle crashes, with broken bones—and especially broken legs—being common. Along with serious neck and spinal injuries, and issues like the dreaded road rash, facial fractures are often the unfortunate result of a crash also. The nose, being much more vulnerable, may be broken, with accompanying swelling, pain, and black eyes. The forehead may be fractured too, along with the eye sockets, cheekbone, and/or jaw.

Many facial fractures are mild, but others can be so serious they cause death or significant disfigurement. Damage to the face may also include problems with eyesight or total blindness, as well as impeding talking, breathing, and eating. If you have any question about injury after a traffic accident, seek medical help as soon as possible. Symptoms of a facial fracture may include bruising around the face and eyes, nosebleeds or the nose appearing crooked and out of alignment, numbness or tingling in various areas of the face, broken or chipped teeth or misalignment of the jaw, double vision, and problems with speech or swallowing.

Diagnosis usually includes CT scans or X-rays, and while treatment may involve pain relievers, steroids, or antibiotics, extensive reconstructive surgery could be required too. While it may be difficult to prevent such injuries in the case of a catastrophic crash, wearing a helmet can prevent facial injuries as well as traumatic brain injury.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, Pedestrians: Tips for Being Seen on the Road

If you live in a larger city, chances are the roads are teeming with cars and trucks most of the day—and especially at those rush hour times (which today seem to become more and more unpredictable due to staggered work times for many). Car sales continue to increase, gas prices are down with greater affordability, and with less unemployment, more motorists are traveling back and forth to work. While those are all positive signs for the US economy, one major downside is that more cars on the roads means more accidents—and it also means there may be an even greater challenge for motorists to see motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Motorists Must Be Aware of Surroundings at All Times

Visibility is always an issue in traffic—evidenced by one of the most common comments after accidents: “They came out of nowhere—I didn’t see them!” And while it is the motorist’s responsibility to make sure they are driving defensively and being cautious in areas where smaller vehicles and pedestrians are present, all too often they are distracted; in fact, the distraction of cell phones can be a problem with pedestrians too. Driving the same routes each day can lead to a lack of alertness as well—almost as if some drivers are on autopilot, sometimes causing them to wreak havoc on highways, as well as intersections and crosswalks. Far too many motorists may also be speeding, driving under the influence, or behaving recklessly and putting the lives of others in serious danger.

Make Your Presence Known!

Whether you are riding a motorcycle, bicycle, or walking, brightly colored clothing or neon is always one of the best ways to be seen—and especially at dusk or after dark. Although black leather and dark clothing often has a ‘cool factor,’ you may become invisible to motorists after the sun starts going down. Consider reflective stripes for clothing, shoes, and helmets. Extra lights or reflectors on your motorcycle or bicycle are recommended, and pedestrians can always travel with flashlights for added visibility and helpful illumination on the road.

When riding in traffic lanes, avoid motorists blind spots, obey all traffic rules and watch out for doors opening from parked cars! Cross walks are a common area for accidents, so along with making yourself more visible, be aware of oncoming traffic and turning cars. Before walking, make eye contact with motorists to verify they are stopping for you as required. Motorcyclists can also rev their engines for added effect in being noticed.

Call Us for Help If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident or car wreck due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Motorcycle Crashes May Result in Serious Neck Injuries

For some travelers, motorcycles are merely a way to get from one destination to another, quickly and affordably. For many others, however, riding a motorcycle and enjoying camaraderie with others who appreciate the same sense of freedom is a lifestyle. Along with that comes adventure and stress relief, time to savor the outdoors, and a total body workout on each ride. The list of benefits included in riding a motorcycle is long, but unfortunate safety concerns can detract from that heavily.

Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road for numerous reasons, and especially in heavy traffic. Lack of visibility is a constant threat, and mainly because motorists aren’t as used to looking for smaller vehicles (or pedestrians or cyclists). Blind spots can cause visibility issues despite motorcyclists’ efforts to be ‘seen,’ and intersections are a common area for accidents to occur between cars and motorcycles—most especially when making left turns. So many other problems can arise on the road too, from sheer lack of respect, to collisions with distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and those who are either speeding or ignoring other traffic rules.

Injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash can be catastrophic, leading to serious long-term repercussions, and even fatalities. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of others, seek medical care immediately, along with contacting a skilled motorcycle accident attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker. Complications such as road rash and leg injuries are common after motorcycle accidents, along with burns, broken bones, and TBIs.

Neck injuries can be extremely serious after a crash, leading to health consequences in other areas of the body too, from the rest of the spine to strain in muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. In some cases, strain, sprain, or fractures may not be apparent immediately but will present themselves later with a variety of symptoms to include shooting pains, pressure, numbness in other areas, and loss of coordination or balance. Physical therapy may be required, as well as treatment with over-the-counter medications or more serious pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or steroid injections.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.