By Francis M. Smith
One of the most common pieces of advice you are likely to hear repeated about motorcycle safety is, "Always wear a helmet." This is, in fact, valuable and important advice; a properly worn motorcycle helmet can protect a rider from serious or life-threatening head injuries. But head injuries aren't the only threats to a rider as a result of motorcycle accidents, and other types of serious injury don't have solutions as simple as wearing a helmet. A biker has few options to protect himself from these injuries, which may result in permanent disability.
The unfortunate reality is that many of the safety features that protect passengers in a car are simply unavailable to motorcycle riders. A motorcycle has no seat belts, no roll-cage, no crumple zones; the only protection the rider has against motorcycle accidents is their clothing and gear. That is why motorcycle helmets are essential to protect the head in the event of a crash – but unfortunately, there is no safety gear a rider can wear to reduce the danger of spine injuries.