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Motorcycle Law Group Attends National Motorcycle Riders Foundation Meeting

The Motorcycle Law Group’s Matt Danielson, Liz Sorrell and other firm associates are gearing up to take a ride to Williamsburg, Virginia to join motorcyclists from around the nation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Minds.

Meeting of the Minds is an annual conference put on by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The event brings together political-minded motorcyclists from all areas to spend the weekend learning and discussing issues and legislation impacting motorcyclists today. This year, the conference will take place on September 21-24, 2017 at the Doubletree in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation was the nation’s first full-time motorcyclists’ rights advocacy group focused on passing legislation to promote safety on the roads for all. As a voice for riders all across the nation, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation encourages riders to get involved in the political policies that directly impact them.

Partners and associates at the Motorcycle Law Group look forward to attending the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Minds to share expertise and meet with likeminded motorcyclists in an effort to help riders defend and strengthen legislation that promotes improved safety for all riders.

The annual meeting is just one of many ways you can get involved in enacting positive change in the motorcycle community. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming events, legislative updates and other news impacting riders.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s mission is to continue developing an aggressive, independent national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle which is financially stable and exceeds the needs of motorcycling enthusiasts.

Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

My Confession as a Female Rider

By Liz Sorrell, The Motorcycle Law Group

In 2007, after obtaining my motorcycle endorsement, I quit my job as a prosecutor and began a new career at Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group. The ride has been better than I had hoped for. As a member of the Motorcycle Law Group, I have had the opportunity to help other motorcyclists in ways that I had not previously considered.

I travel throughout Virginia and North Carolina to speak to groups of motorcyclists. Being able to share my knowledge with members of the many motorcycle clubs and organizations throughout the Southeast has been one of the best parts of my job. Instead of sitting at my desk, I get to ride out and meet with people to share the knowledge they need to prepare themselves and their families in the event they are injured by the reckless actions of another.

When I began riding, it was on a bike that was chosen for me by someone else. That person was an experienced rider and did their best to select a bike that fit what they thought I needed. It did not take long for me to realize, despite their best intentions, it was not the right motorcycle for me. The baby apes looked cool, but they weren’t functional because I could barely reach the clutch. The same was true for the forward controls, which were designed for a person with longer legs than mine. The seat was too wide, the brakes were stiff; I could go on and on. As cool as that 1998 Harley Davidson Springer may have looked, it was not the right bike for me.

Ladies, why do so many of us end up on motorcycles that are not right for us? Too often we let someone close to us tell us what is right for us. If you have never made that mistake, good for you. I did. Thank God for all of the kind motorcyclists who came to my aid back then, otherwise I would still be sitting on the pavement at one of the numerous stoplights where I dropped my bike.

I have since attended many garage nights where I learned how to lift a downed motorcycle, change my own oil and countless other skills that are so important for riders to know. I have also bought a different bike. Learning those skills has been great, but they did not make my bike any easier to ride.

As a new rider I did not know what I needed in a motorcycle; I do now. Unlike before, I now feel in complete control of my machine. I can stop my bike on a dime, ride in a figure eight, and walk the bike backwards with my head turned without worrying that I will drop it. Now I realize that the right bike is the bike that you are comfortable with. For some ladies that may be a big cruiser. For others, it may be a smaller, more agile sport bike.

The point is that the right bike is the bike that allows you to enjoy your ride. My motorcycle and I cover a lot more territory than I used to, and it is truly a blessing I take a special pride in, especially seeing my other sisters on the road. Ladies, there are a lot of us out there who are not content to simply be a passenger. We want the throttle in our hands.

Purchase a bike that allows you to enjoy your ride!

Liz Sorrell

McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

Liz Sorrell is a partner at the Motorcycle Law Group, a personal injury law firm whose attorneys all ride motorcycles and practice in VA, NC, SC, GA and WV. Liz has successfully represented hundreds of clients in VA, NC and WV. She often lectures with regard to laws affecting motorcyclists, recently worked as an adjunct professor with Saint Leo University and works with motorcycle rights organizations. To learn more about the Motorcycle Law Group, visit MotorcycleLawGroup.com.

Five Motorcycle Safety Tips

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, according to National Safety Council. Being safe is being prepared, alert and cautious while on and off the road. To recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month here are five tips to keep you and others safe on the road.   

  1. Know your tires. Some motorcycle tires are tubeless and some are not, so it’s important to become familiar with the type of tires you have on your bike. You should know your tires and whether or not you can give them a quick fix if you get a flat tire to get to a gas station or more air. One of our partners carries a CO2 cartridge and a tool that allows her to give her tires a quick blast of air should she need it. 
  2. Check your tire pressure. Be sure you know what the optimal tire pressure is for your bike’s tires and check it every time you ride. Riding when your bike’s tire pressure is too low can damage the tire. Pressure which is too high reduces the contact patch with the road and tends to make your ride feel rougher; it can also cause the tires to heat more quickly.
  3. Assume that you are invisible. Just because the person behind the wheel of that SUV at the stop sign is looking at you does not mean that they are seeing you. Assume that the vehicles around you do not see you. As you approach intersections think about what you would do if the car stopped at the light suddenly pulled out.  Be prepared to execute a panic stop, and identify possible escape routes. Just because you see them does not mean that they see you. 
  4. Leave an Escape Route. Speaking of escape routes, when you come to a stop watch your rear view mirror for approaching vehicles who may not see that there is a motorcycle ahead. Leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so that if that happens you can get out of the way. Don’t wait at a light or stop sign with your bike in neutral. Have your bike in gear so that if you do have to quickly get out of the way of a car that does not see you stopped you are ready at a moment’s notice. 
  5. Practice – Practice – Practice. Nothing hones your skills like actually riding. Find an area with curvy roads and practice negotiating curves. Find an empty parking lot and practice panic stops and slow speed maneuvers. Consider taking a refresher course to rid yourself of the bad habits that we all acquire over time. Riding skills diminish if they’re not used. Keep yours polished. 

Stay safe, be prepared and enjoy the ride.

Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

Motorcycle Law Group Partner Inducted into SC Biker Hall of Fame

We are excited to announce that one of our partners, Chad Fuller, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Biker Hall of Fame.

The SC Biker Hall of Fame was created in 2014 to highlight the men and women in South Carolina who have dedicated their lives to riding motorcycles and have made a positive impact on the South Carolina biker community. 

When Chad joined the Motorcycle Law Group in 2010, we knew his passion for riding and years of trial experience made him the perfect fit to our team. Chad heads our South Carolina office and is an advocate for motorcyclists’ rights, recently helping to pass the “Equal Access” law which allows motorcycles to park in all publicly-funded parking garages and makes it illegal for the South Carolina Department of Transportation to discriminate against motorcyclists in any street and highway designs.

In addition to riding, lobbying for motorcyclists’ rights and helping injured victims in the courtroom, Chad serves as the public relations officer for ABATE, the motorcyclists rights organization of South Carolina. A valued member of the South Carolina riding community, Chad is the youngest member to be inducted into the SC Biker Hall of Fame.

Learn more about Chad Fuller.

FREE INSURANCE POLICY REVIEW

An insurance agent’s job is to sell you the best policy at the lowest rate.  However, your agent may not be thinking about what happens to you if you are injured by someone who bought very little insurance, or none at all.  No matter how much you may like your agent, after a claim is filed your agent is out of the picture.  Your claim is handled by an adjuster, and that person’s job is to save their company money.   

Attorneys analyze policies and claims after an accident

The attorneys at Motorcycle Law Group are experienced in reviewing and analyzing insurance policies when you need them most – after an accident involving a major claim. It’s our job to help ensure you get everything you’re entitled to under your insurance policy in the event of a major accident.

We invite you to submit your insurance policies for a free review from our legal team. We can tell you if you have the right coverages in the right amount so that you and your family are properly protected.  

Through our free policy review, our team can advise you on:

  • How to get the best coverage
  • How to organize multiple policies to your advantage
  • If you have enough, or even too much, of a specific coverage
  • Which coverages and limits you need to ensure you’re protected

We’ve helped many riders get much more coverage with relatively little change to their rates. The process is simple, free and takes no longer than one week.

What you need to get started and what to expect from us:

Step 1 – Upload a copy of your insurance policy’s declarations pages (typically the first three to four pages of your policy). These pages explain the types and amounts of coverage for every vehicle on your policy.

Step 2 – Someone from our firm review and recommend changes to the policy to give you more coverage to protect you or your family in the event of an accident or damages to your vehicle. After we email you our recommendations, we’ll ask if you have any questions or feedback.

Step 3 Email your feedback to Motorcycle Law Group, we’ll finalize the recommended changes and discuss them with you.

Step 4 – Take the changes directly to your insurance agent and ask them to update your policy.

Remember, your insurance agent is the salesperson. We want to help you get the coverage you’ll need so you’re protected if you find yourself dealing with an adjuster.

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED 

 Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

Coast Live features the Motorcycle Law Group

One of our partners, Liz Sorrell, was recently featured on a live segment of Coast Live, a local news and coastal lifestyle show produced by the Norfolk, Va. CBS affiliate, WTKR.

Host Cheryl Nelson interviewed Liz about motorcycle safety, tips for sharing the road and some of Liz’s favorite local rides.

During the segment, Liz talked about the importance of drivers looking twice for motorcyclists and the benefits of wearing brightly colored clothing while riding. Liz also highlighted local rides, including Pungo and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a few of her favorites due to their windy roads and scenic views.

Click here for a complete clip of the segment.

To learn more about Liz, visit the Motorcycle Law Group’s ‘Professionals’ page

Motorcycle Group Speaking Engagement

Does your group or organization want to know the latest on legislation regarding motorcycle laws, what to do and not do in the event of an accident or make sure that you have enough insurance coverage? One of our attorneys would be glad to come out and speak to your group.

Members of our firm routinely travel throughout the southeast, meeting with clubs, groups and organizations in order to make sure that riders are aware of the laws that can affect riders and their family.  We do not charge a fee for this service.  We simply want to make sure that motorcyclists are able to take advantage of each and every law that affords them protection. 

Among our most popular topics are:

  • How to preserve the scene of an accident
  • Motorcycle insurance and how it works
  • Knowing your rights at an accident or when you are pulled over
  • General Question & Answer                               

 

Popular legislative topics we also speak to are:

  • What’s happening on the state and federal level
  • The latest motorcycle statistics compiled by the government and their accuracy

 

These are just a few examples of topics we’ve spoken to groups about – but we’re always open to requests. This is not only an opportunity for groups to learn, but also a way for our firm to get to know our community of riders. It’s something we’ve been doing for years.  It does not matter how large or small your group is we are happy to come meet with you.

If you or someone you know might be interested in having one of our attorneys visit a meeting to speak to any topic of your interest, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

Your GPS May be Spying on You

Your GPS may be spying on you

Beware. Your GPS may be collecting evidence against you. More and more motorcyclists today are using GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to plan trips, get directions and keep track of miles traveled. However, keep in mind that if you are in a motorcycle accident, you may be collecting evidence that could be used against you in both a criminal and civil trial.

Most GPS systems allow you to keep track of your speed. As such, they can be used as evidence in court. I have come across jurisdictions which, at the scene of an accident when speed is a question, will seize a crash victim’s GPS, get a search warrant, and download the information pertaining to speed. Such action does more than subject the crash victim to a speeding ticket. It can, if the injured party was speeding, put their ability to collect damages for their injuries at risk. That means, if the party who injures you can show that you were in some way at fault in causing the accident, then depending on which state you were injured in, your claim can be reduced, or outright denied.

Keep in mind that I am in no way suggesting that you should not use a GPS on your motorcycle. I am merely suggesting that if you do, keep in mind that depending on the system and how you use it, you could be collecting evidence that could eventually be used by a party that injures you to avoid paying for the injuries they caused.

If you have any further questions or comments concerning this article or any other matters concerning your rights as a motorcyclist, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-888-819-3212
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 

Tip-to-Tip Ride: June 4-5, 2016

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By Matt Danielson, The Motorcycle Law Group

I’d like to personally invite you to join the 2nd annual Tip-to-Tip Ride June 4-5, 2016, hosted by the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) and the Virginia Bikers Association (VABA).

Over the course of two days, more than 25 motorcyclists will ride from the western tip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The ride raises money to support VCOM and VABA in their lobbying efforts on behalf of motorcyclists and is a chance for those of us in the motorcycle rights movement to get together and do what we love most: ride.

Tip to Tip 3Day 1: The ride will start on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 a.m. in Cumberland Gap VA/KY/TN, where groups of no more than 10 riders will leave on Route 58/421 in 10 minute increments. The first stop will be in Bristol, Va. at the Friendship Victory/Indian/Eagle Rider dealership. During this rest break, riders will get a tour of the dealership, plenty of refreshments and some time to socialize. From there, the group will head towards Abington, Va. and through the mountainous terrain of southwest Virginia through Crooked Road, the Grayson Highlands, the White Top Mountains and the famous Lovers Leap Mountain. Day one ends in South Boston, Va. where the group will stay the night and enjoy more fun and more food.

Day 2: On day two, kickstands go up bright and early as riders make their way to the Virginia Seashore, crossing over bridges and through a 21-mile stretch on I-64, around Suffolk, to avoid any city traffic. Then the ride will continue down Route 13 towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, where we’ll cross the Bay. Our final destination will be Chincoteague Island, Va.

Motorcyclists are welcome to join the group at any point during the two-day ride, although they will not receive a patch or t-shirt. But, we’re all truly in it for the ride, the experience and to support lobbying efforts on behalf of motorcyclists.

Accommodations
I hope you’ll join us for this year’s Tip-to-Tip Ride. For details on hotel and room accommodations, please visit: motorcyclelawgroup.com/tip-to-tip-ride/

RSVP
For more information and to check availability, please call Rob Griffin at 1-888-819-3212.

I hope to see you there.

Matt Danielson
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
The Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

Adventure Rider Radio Features Motorcycle Law Group’s Matt Danielson

Adventure Rider Radio, a travel motorcycle podcast and radio show, interviewed one of our partners at the Motorcycle Law Group, Matt Danielson.

During the segment, Matt shares some of the issues he runs into most in dealing with motorcycle law and talks about what riders should in the event of an accident, including the No. 1 rule to follow at the scene.

He also discusses:

  • The top 5 things everyone should do after an accident,
  • What happened when he got rear-ended while riding in Canada (and what riders should do to prepare for road trips to other states and countries), and
  • Some key legislative issues affecting riders nationwide

 

Click below to listen to the full interview.