Are Motorcycle Boots Really Necessary?

Many riders do the bare minimum when it comes to suiting up with gear. You may see someone riding their motorcycle wearing a regular t shirt, jeans, and sneakers, along with their helmet. Just because there are people who do this, does not mean that you should!

Why are motorcycle boots important?

We all know how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle. Someone or another was sure to tell you before you purchased yours. Having all the right gear when riding will maximize the protection for your body in the event if an accident. It is common for a rider to be thrown off of his bike in the event of a crash, so it is important that you have protection for your feet. Shoes like sneakers and flip flops offer little to no protection to the feet, and none to the ankles or above.

Another reason you should invest in good motorcycle boots is because every time you are stopped, you have to support the weight of your own body as well as your bike. A flip flop is definitely a bad idea, as it can easily slip off your foot while riding or stopped. Sneakers may not give you the best support when standing up at a light and holding up your bike.

What can happen if I crash with no motorcycle boots on?

Crashing without boots might mean greater injuries than if you were to be wearing boots. Tennis shoes, sneakers, and casual shoes have found to often completely come off during an accident. Lack of protection for your feet during an accident can result in:

  • Heel bone fracture
  • Tarsal and metatarsal fractures
  • Toes getting crushed and requiring amputation
  • Dislocated ankle
  • Fibula/tibia fractures

What if my motorcycle boots failed to protect me from injury?

If you were wearing motorcycle boots at the time of your accident and they failed to properly protect your feet, there may be a product liability issue. Motorcycle boots should be designed to prevent injuries. Suppose you were wearing motorcycle boots and you crashed. Your boot ripped open, causing severe injuries to your foot. As a result, you had to have several toes amputated. In this case, we would advise you to consult with an attorney.

If a product fails to do what it promised to do, and you were severely injured as a result, you can hire an attorney to help you file your claim. The attorney will help you figure out whether the defective boot was due to a manufacturing defect or a design defect. They will also help you prove that the manufacturing company was liable for your injuries, which may not be as simple as you think.

To prove that a company is liable for your injuries, you must prove:

  • The boot was designed, manufactured, and distributed by the company
  • The boot was unreasonably dangerous due to a design or manufacturing defect
  • You were using the boot was instructed and intended by the manufacturer
  • You suffered injuries as a result of you using the boot

Read more about product liability and California’s product liability laws here.