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Don't pay for another person's recklessness

Staying safe on your motorcycle is about more than just knowing how to ride. Wearing the right equipment can help, too. For instance, a leather body suit can be weatherproof, keeping you cool in the heat, warm in the winter and dry in the rain.

A helmet can protect you from impacts, keep bugs and wind out of your eyes and keep rain, sleet, snow and other debris from hitting you in the face or head.

While these protections can help you protect your body from minor impacts and road rash, what they can't do is eliminate physics. A person thrown from a motorcycle at 25 mph or faster risks serious injury; the human body simply isn't designed to stand up to impacts traveling faster than that.

It's actually been discovered that you'll lose 1mm of skin for every 1 mph over 30 mph you travel if you impact a road's surface. At 55 mph, that means losing an inch of flesh, taking a chunk out of your body. Faster than that starts to become even more severe, ripping flesh off the bones. Adding to that the impact of a vehicle, and you can see broken bones, severe concussions and brain trauma, or worse.

What does that have to do with dangerous drivers? They're out there, and you can help yourself by wearing some protective equipment, but that doesn't mean you'll be safe in a crash. If someone collides with you, it should be that person's responsibility to cover the cost of your care and to make sure you have what you need in the future. Our website has more information.

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