Car vs. Motorcycle Inspections

Yes, there are some differences, but also quite a few similarities, and it really depends on the state. You can read our recentblog on brake inspections to get an idea of how those differences might look. In many cases the differences have to do with what’s checked. Motorcycles don’t have seat belts, so those aren’t checked on a bike, but they do have handlebars, and a state may have specific handlebar height requirements. Virginia Motorcycle and Car Inspections The cost of a motorcycle inspection is a little bit cheaper at $12 compared to the $20 for cars and $51 for…

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Why do I need a lawyer if I have insurance? If someone else causes your accident, it’s the other driver’s insurance who will pay for your injuries and property damage (in most states). Insurance companies are not charities – they don’t make money by being generous with their claim payments. If you are seriously injured, which is far too common after a motorcycle accident, the insurance company may utilize an array of tactics to reduce what they pay you – or avoid paying you at all. Attorneys are hired to make sure you don’t get shorted. If the other driver…

A Motorcyclists Guide For Understanding Insurance

When most people shop for motor vehicle insurance, they focus almost entirely on which protections to buy rather than on how much to buy. Most people can tell you what type of coverage they bought, but have no idea as to the amount. Having the right amount of coverage is crucial to protecting yourself in the event that you are injured by an inattentive driver. It can literally mean the difference between making a full financial recovery and bankruptcy. For decades, members of our firm have spoken to motorcycle clubs, groups, and organizations throughout the country about laws concerning motor…

Dont Overlook Motorcycle Permit Laws

Motorcycle Licenses and Permits in Virginia Riders in Virginia need to have anM, M2 or M3 endorsement on their driver’s license. In Virginia those endorsements will be listed under “Class” on the front of the driver’s license. The number after the M specifically denotes the types of motorcycle the license holder is permitted to ride. M2 technically means the rider can only legally operate two-wheeled motorcycles and M3 denotes the rider can legally operate three-wheeled motorcycles. Anyone with just the M on their license is authorized to ride both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles. Anyone who wants a motorcycle endorsement on…

U.S. Motorcycle Advocacy Organizations

Estimates suggest there are more than 13 million riders in the United States. Riders are a statistically significant part of the populace and the electorate. Both local and federal legislators have an interest in keeping riders happy, and there are many motorcycle rider advocacy organizations that lobby lawmakers to push legislation that protects the rights and safety of riders on the road. Local and National Organizations Rider advocacy organizations fall under one of two geographical umbrellas: local and nationwide. Most of the state motorcyclist rights organizations brand themselves with the acronym ABATE and the name of their state. These separate…

Are You Entitled To Compensation After Accidents?

Yes, motorcycle passengers are entitled to compensation if they’re injured in a single-vehicle or multi-vehiclemotorcycle accident. These cases can be emotionally difficult, especially when the riders who was responsible for your injuries is a friend, family member or significant other. Your relationship with the rider shouldn’t stop you from seeking the compensation you need to cover medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the operator of a motorcycle is responsible for the injuries sustained by their passenger, the only way the passenger can access the insurance coverage on the motorcycle is to make a claim against the operator….

Dress Right For Your Next Motorcycle Road Trip

The clothing you wear when you’re riding is a matter of personal preference. For many riders it depends on the weather, what’s most comfortable and the level of protection they want while on their motorcycle. The majority of frequent riders aren’t deterred by weather, which is why there are a lot of gear options for motorcyclists facing all types of temperature extremes. Winter Riding Clothes One good thing about the cold weather during late fall and winter is you have an excuse to wear a lot of protective clothing. Leather jackets, riding gloves and jeans are standard clothing for many…

Motorcycle Brake Inspection Requirements

Motorcycle Brake Inspection Requirements Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina Virginia Brake Inspection 19VAC30-70-340 During inspection, your inspector is required to observe the brake operation (operated by either you or your inspector). Your bikewon’t pass inspection if: A brake isn’t equipped, or it’s disconnected The OEM service brake system was on both wheels and it has been altered or removed from one or both of the wheels There’s no split service brake system or independent actuated brake system on both the front and rear wheels(only required on motorcycles manufactured after July 1, 1974) Less than 2/32 of an…

Best Motorcycle Roads In NC

Home to beautiful mountains, seaside vistas, thriving agriculture, and delicious barbeque, North Carolina is a hot-spot destination for many who seek an amazing vacation. Little do most people know though, North Carolina also has over 80 amazing motorcycle rides! These rides will take you through expansive mountains, gorgeous plateaus, over rolling hills, and even through exciting wetlands. Read on to see some of our favorite rides! Use these links to jump to a specific section: Tail of the Dragon Blue Ridge Parkway Cherohala Skyway Copperhead Loop Tail of the Dragon Total Drive Time: ~45 minutes The Deal’s Gap, which is…

What Influences Settlements & Verdicts

The Factors That Influence Motorcycle Injury and Wrongful Death Settlements and Verdicts There are many factors that play into a motorcycle injury jury verdict or settlement agreement. Some of those factors are based on inarguable facts, but others are rooted in societal bias. The damages that arose from your accident, like your medical expenses or lost wages, are generally easy to calculate and present to a jury or judge. But other issues also affect the outcome of a motorcycle injury case. Bias in a motorcycle injury case can be just as important as your actual damages when it comes to…