Are Motorcycle Passengers Entitled to Compensation After Accidents?

Yes, motorcycle passengers are entitled to compensation if they’re injured in a single-vehicle or multi-vehicle motorcycle 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…

What Is Personal Injury Protection, and Does It Apply to Motorcycle Riders?

Personal injury protection (PIP) is a type of insurance coverage available or required in no-fault insurance states. In those state, every driver’s own insurance coverage pays for their injuries through PIP. If a motorcyclist in one of those states were to be hit by a distracted driver, their own PIP coverage would pay for the injuries the other driver caused. If the rider’s injuries were severe and the cost of their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering exceeded…

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident Caused By a Mechanical Failure?

Not every motorcycle accident is caused by another driver’s error or a rider’s own mistake. Some accidents happen due to mechanical defects in a bike, dangerous road conditions or improperly performed maintenance. The responsible party may not be immediately obvious, but that doesn’t change the fact that riders who suffer serious injuries in these accidents still have expensive medical bills to pay. In cases like these, the most common negligent parties are: The manufacturer of the component that failed The…

Should Car and Truck Drivers Also Have to Learn Motorcycle Laws as Well?

Other than equipment laws and a handful of laws pertaining to lane sharing, and in some states traffic lights, there really aren’t that many different laws that are specific to motorcycle riders. However, there are a lot of informal rules of the road motorcyclists follow. Many of these rules keep riders safe from passenger car and truck drivers, and as a courtesy to riders it would be nice if more people were aware of them. Motorcycle Hand Signals Drivers Should…

What to Do With Your Motorcycle After an Accident

Most articles that you will read concerning what to do after a motorcycle accident pertain specifically to documenting the scene, seeing a doctor and calling an attorney – but what should you do with your bike? After an accident, your motorcycle could be totaled, or it may just have minor cosmetic damage. Whether you should pay for those damages out of your own pocket, file a claim with your insurer or file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company…

Tips to Keep Your Motorcycle Running in Tip-Top Shape

Keeping your bike in proper working order helps keep you safe on the road. Some riders like to handle nearly all types of maintenance on their own, while others trust the big service jobs to professional mechanics. Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, there are still a handful of relatively easily routine maintenance jobs you can likely perform yourself. These are just general suggestions. The actual proper application of each of the following maintenance suggestions may vary depending on the…

Laws for Parking Your Motorcycle in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina

Virginia Motorcycle Parking Laws In most cases the same laws 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…

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…