Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia

Are you and your helmet compliant with the motorcycle helmet laws in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia? Find out by familiarizing yourself with the relevant statutes. Virginia Motorcycle Helmet Laws Virginia’s motorcycle helmet laws can be found in state statute 46.2-910. They require every person operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle or autocycle to wear a helmet and use some type of eye protection, which may include: Face shields Safety goggles Having…

Dispelling Some 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…

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 bike won’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…

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. Lane Splitting and Passing Between Vehicles…

Why Do Motorcyclists…

If you’re unfamiliar with riding you may be confused by a lot of things you see motorcyclists do. In nearly every circumstance there is a good or justifiable cultural, safety or performance reason riders have for doing these things. Download Presentation Here

Which of Our States is Worst For Drunk Driving?

The Motorcycle Law Group is proud to represent riders and drivers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Drunk driving is dangerous for everyone on our roads, but we were wondering which of our states has the most serious issue with drunk driving. Download PDF Here  …

A Few of the Unwritten Rules of Riding

Assume Every Car or Truck on the Road Is an Accident Waiting to Happen Every motorist, regardless of their vehicle, is well served by driving defensively. Motorcyclists should take defensive driving up a notch and essentially ride as if they’re invisible. Car, truck and SUV drivers regularly cut motorcyclists off, drift into their lane or even tailgate riders as if they have little to no regard for rider safety. Assuming you’re invisible to drivers puts you in an avoidance-mode mindset.…

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…

The Evolution of Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Motorcycles have been a fixture in American culture since the end of World War II, when thousands of veterans who rode during wartime came home. The second World War wasn’t the first time motorcycles had been used in war – in fact the U.S. military used motorcycles (Harley-Davidson’s to be specific) with sidecars during their hunt for Pancho Villa in 1916. During World War I, half of Harley-Davidson’s bike output – approximately 20,000 – were sent oversees so commanders could…

Coverage Gaps: How to Choose 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…