The long, cold winter has many West Virginians dreaming of motorcycle rides through the countryside in the warmer months ahead. The Mountain State has miles and miles of breathtaking scenery that are perfectly viewed from the comfort of your motorcycle in the open air. But as you set out to ride, it’s important to remember that you have to protect yourself at every turn.
To start, all riders in West Virginia must wear a helmet. Most accident-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases are results of crashes involving motorcyclists, so it’s vital that you wear a helmet to ensure your safety. Also, you must have a Class E driver’s license, which permits anyone 16 or over to ride a motorcycle. Finally, wear protective gear when you ride, such as gloves, knee and elbow pads, sturdy boots and long-sleeved outerwear.
Avoid Motorcycle Accidents According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes in the U.S. involve another vehicle. In most of these cases, says the Foundation, the motorist is at fault, not the motorcyclist. This is due to several reasons. First, motorcycles are easy to unintentionally ignore because of their small size relative to the other vehicles on the road. Second, motorcycles can easily fit into a driver’s blind spot, making them virtually invisible. Third, motorcycles may look farther away than they really are, especially given the fact that it’s hard to gauge a motorcycle’s speed.
If you’re involved in an accident with your motorcycle, you have to hire a lawyer who understands your rights. Cars and trucks on the West Virginia roads often impose on the safety of motorcycle riders, but you have just as much right to be on the roads as anyone else.