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Do Californians need to wear leather riding gear?

Californians love outdoor activities, the perpetually sunny Los Angeles area is a perfect spot to ride motorcycles. The balmy weather may tempt riders to forgo their riding gear during the summer, but it is wise to resist that temptation.

In addition to the legally required helmet, below is a list of gear motorcycle enthusiasts should never leave home without.

-- Sturdy leather or armored textile clothing made from mesh that's abrasion-resistant. Perforated leather pants and jackets make summer riding tolerable.

-- Gloves and boots. Boots ideally will be made from heavy leather with armor and padding at the ankle. Leather gloves with gauntlets add impact protection for palms, wrists and knuckles.

Other than your face and head, your body's most vulnerable areas is the thinner skin over the joints at the shoulders, elbows, knuckles, ankles, knees and hips. Even a low-speed crash can leave unprotected skin shredded by road rash. The road to healing is a long and painful one, and the scars will remain long after the accident.

Wearing clothing with padded armor built-in or worn as an undergarment can provide vital protection if an accident occurs. It could even save your life.

No matter how well-protected you are when you ride, your biggest threat remains the oblivious drivers of four-wheeled vehicles who blithely ignore motorcyclists while pulling straight into their path.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your injuries can be catastrophic. Permanent disability from Traumatic Brain Injuries, paralysis and amputations can occur in the blink of an eye. Life as you know it will cease to exist, and it can be a long, dark road back.

Seeking justice through civil litigation can provide the resources you will need to adjust to the new normal after a serious motorcycle accident.

Source: motorcycle.com, "What To Wear When You Ride - And Why," Jeff Cobb, accessed Aug. 21, 201

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