Is It Legal For Motorcyclists To Do That

Riders understand a couple inescapable realities: Many motorists assume riders are reckless Those drivers are often the ones who pose a threat to motorcyclists, and the reason behind what we do. Some preconceptions held by car, truck, and SUV drivers may be in part due to misunderstood behaviors they’ve seen from motorcyclists. Let’s take a look at some of the common behaviors that are often misunderstood by both riders and drivers of standard automobiles. Use these links to jump to a specific section: Is It Legal For Motorcycles to Drive Between Cars? Is It Legal for Motorcyclists to Drive on…

Car Accident Legal Process

How Does the Traditional Car Accident Legal Process Differ From Motorcycle Accidents? How does the Traditional Car Accident Legal Process Differ from Motorcycle Accidents? From a purely procedural standpoint there is no real difference between a motorcycle accident trial and a car accident trial. There are, however, some significant differences in how a lawyer should approach a motorcycle accident case. The distinction fundamentally boils down to juror bias against motorcyclists, and how the insurance company may treat settlement negotiations with those biases in mind. Overcoming Juror Bias Against Riders Humans tend to make assumptions and hold on to biases, including…

Choosing the Right Motorcycle Insurance

The Motorcycle Law Group represents motorcycle riders in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. All of those states – except Virginia – require motorcyclists to carry minimum insurance coverage. Although it is not legally required in Virginia, riders who choose not to acquire motorcycle insurance are charged a $500 opt-out fee when renewing their registration. It should be noted that annual minimum coverage premiums are likely not that much more expensive than the fee. The Virginia fee entitles you to no coverage whatsoever. If you were to get in a motorcycle accident there’s a possibility you would…

Laws For Parking Your Motorcycle

Virginia Motorcycle Parking Laws In most cases the samelaws that regulate where cars or trucks can park apply to motorcycles as well. You can’t leave your motorcycle attended or unattended: In front of a private driveway Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or the entrance to a fire station Within 15 feet of the entrance to an emergency medical services facility Within 20 feet from intersection curb lines or, if there aren’t any lines, within 15 feet of the intersection or highways On arailroad track There are a couple of noteworthy items inVirginia Code 46.2-1220: No ordinance adopted under…

Legislative Issues

Motorcyclists Have a Legislative Disadvantage There are many different things that draw people to motorcycling. For some, it is the sense of freedom. For others, it is a source of relaxation. It can also be a source of exhilaration. If you are like me, it is to some degree all of the above. That being said, it is the ride that we crave regardless of what each of us gets from it. This time of year the roads are packed with motorcyclists who are sitting back (or forward) and just enjoying the ride. That begs the question: Can we as…

Common Motorcycle Accident And Injury Questions

How much insurance do I need? The specific coverage you are required to carry varies by state. You can learn more about specific coverage requirements on ourprevious blog about the topic or you can contact us for afree motorcycle insurance policy review. There may, however, be a difference between what’s legally required and what’s best for you. Minimum coverage can still leave you vulnerable in certain situations depending on the circumstances of your accident. Make sure you understand the risks of being underinsured before making a decision on your coverage.​ Is an attorney necessary after a motorcycle accident? Whether or…

Misconceptions About Motorcyclists And Riding

Download PDF Presentation There are a lot of negative stereotypes about motorcyclists that unfairly tarnish the reputation of everyone who rides. For example, there are some studies that suggest the majority of accidents involving motorcyclists and passenger vehicles are caused by the car’s driver, not the motorcyclist, but common driver assumptions are frequently the opposite. Lane Splitting Is a Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents Lane splitting is not as dangerous as many passenger vehicle drivers believe. In fact, many studies show that lane splitting not only reduces time in traffic for all vehicles, but can actually improve motorcycle safety. In…

Compensation For Damages Resulting From Road Conditions

Whether you can recover damages for road conditions depends on the situation. You can’t file a claim against nature, but if dangerous road conditions were caused by someone’s actions or a municipality’s failure to maintain safe roadways, you might be able to recover compensation. Fog and rain don’t carry liability insurance, but local city and state governments do. Can You File a Personal Injury Claim Against the Government for Dangerous Road Conditions? In many cases you can, but special rules may apply to your claim. Governments sometimes have what’s known as sovereign immunity or government immunity. Most states also have…