What Do I Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Most articles that you will read concerning what to do after amotorcycle 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 depends on who was at fault and how serious the damage is. If you’re in a single vehicle accident (you lowside…

Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum

North Carolina is home to many astounding attractions, beautiful nature, and evengorgeous rides that every rider should try at least once in their life. Maggie Valley, NC, in particular, is home to a very special attraction — the Wheels Through Time museum. This museum is very well-known within the motorcycle circles. However, since the Wheels Through Time was featured on a TV show, knowledge about this museum has grown exponentially in recent times. Want to learn more about this fascinating museum? Read on to learn more! What is the Wheel Through Time museum? The Wheels Through Time museum, located in…

What Makes A Police Officer Pull Over A Motorcyclist

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has dealt with law enforcement in any capacity that not all officers are the same and their actions and the way they treat people are not uniform. There are many variables that could influence how your interaction with a police officer goes, or whether you have an interaction with one at all. Since there are no hard-and-fast rules or official how-to guide for dealing with law enforcement as a rider, sometimes all you can do is turn to anecdotal advice and a bit of common sense. According to a Police Officer…

Worst States For Drunk Driving

The Motorcycle Law Group is proud to represent riders and drivers in Virginia and North Carolina. 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

Virginia To Change The Definition Of A Salvage Vehicle

The Chairmen of the Senate and House Transportation Committees requested that a committee be formed over the summer to look at the proposed change to Virginia law as it pertains to the definition of a salvage vehicle. For those of you who followed last year’s session, you will recall that there were two identical bills, Senate Bill 1364 and House Bill 1780, that would have changed the definition of a salvage vehicle by removing the requirement that the vehicle be a late model vehicle. A late model vehicle is a vehicle of the current year, or previous five years. Susan…

Should Vehicle Drivers Learn Motorcycle Laws

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 Know Any car or truck driver unfamiliar with the hand signals motorcyclists use to communicate on the road may want…

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 quickly send messages via motorcycles.1 But it wasn’t until WWII when bikes became a huge part of the war effort….

Unwritten Rules Of Riding Motorcycles

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. You can’t rely on other drivers to keep you safe – you have to be the responsible one. Bugs and…

Tips To Keep Your Motorcycle Running In 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 year, make and model of your motorcycle. Always consult your owner’s manual before performing any maintenance on your bike. Checking…

Three Wheeled Automobiles

This month, theMotorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) announced the introduction of a letter to theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the current federal definition of motorcycles. NHTSA defines a motorcycle as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground. With the recent proliferation of three-wheeled automobiles such as the Polaris Slingshot and the Campagna T-Rex, this definition is no longer adequate. A motor vehicle equipped with a foot-controlled accelerator and a steering wheel should not fall…