On a motorcycle, you have significantly fewer options for protecting your health and safety. Unfortunately, motorcycles do not have seat belts, airbags, or a protective frame that can protect you from the asphalt. However, motorcycle crash bars can help prevent or reduce the severity of motorcycle accident injuries.
But what are motorcycle crash bars, and how can they affect my case if I have or don’t have them? If you are struggling to determine whether you need these tools, contact a West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer for the help you need to get compensated fairly for your injuries.
What are crash bars on a motorcycle?
While motorcycles have fuse safety features, there are certain additions you can make to make them a little safer. Beyond wearing a helmet, you should invest in motorcycle crash bars.
These simple bars keep your motorcycle upright if you are involved in an accident. Many motorcyclists suffer from serious injuries from sliding across asphalt, including friction burns, also known as road rash. These burns can cause serious injuries. Hitting the ground at high speeds can break bones, damage organs, or even lead to death.
Because of this, motorcycle crash bars are an increasingly popular safety feature people are adding to their motorcycles. In many cases, you may get a universal set that can be attached to your motorcycle. Alongside your helmet, this safety equipment can save your life in certain situations.
Do motorcycle crash bars work?
Motorcycle crash bars can make a big difference when your motorcycle tips over or slides during an accident. It can protect you from being crushed by the motorcycle if you fall, and it can absorb some of the impact, which can also destroy the body of your motorcycle.
However, these crash bars are mainly meant to protect against falls and sliding. Unfortunately, this is not the most common type of motorcycle accident. For example, if you were thrown from your motorcycle, crash bars may not be able to protect you. Likewise, if you are struck by a car or are pushed into a barrier, the crash bars may not absorb the blunt force trauma of the accident.
However, that does not mean that crash bars cannot reduce the likelihood of injury in many cases. With these bars in place, you can expect some protection, even if that is not true for every accident.
Can motorcycle crash bars impact my accident claim?
You may be unsure whether you need crash bars because of your motorcycle accident claim. When seeking compensation, a Florida judge may consider your actions. If you do not do enough to protect your safety, it can hurt the compensation you receive.
For example, many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets on the road. In these cases, if you are not wearing a helmet, the judge may reduce your compensation because your injuries could have been lessened by wearing a helmet.
However, you may not have to worry about this issue with crash bars because they are not legally required or as standardized as wearing a helmet. Even better, your attorney can guide you through your case if the at-fault party is trying to blame you for your injuries because you did not have this equipment.
Let us help you recover compensation
Overcoming a motorcycle accident is already tricky. While certain tools and safety equipment, such as helmets and crash bars, can reduce the severity of your injuries, they cannot prevent every single injury. Fortunately, your attorney can help you get compensated when this happens. That compensation can make a big difference in your ability to recover from your accident.
If you are struggling to overcome these injuries, contact our team. We offer free consultations when you call or fill out our online contact form. If you are struggling to overcome these injuries, contact our team at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. We offer free consultations when you call (561) 655-1990 or fill out our online contact form.
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