Preventing Virginia Motorcycle Accidents Through Rider Education

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2014

In recent years, Virginia has seen an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. However, the increase in motorcycle volume has resulted in a rise in the number of Virginia Motorcycle Accidents being reported.

This increase has prompted state officials to search for ways to prevent crashes, leading them to discover that a lack of rider experience and training is involved in a large number of crashes. To reduce these crashes, lawmakers have enacted licensing regulations that require anyone operating a motorcycle in Virginia to carry a motorcycle endorsement on their license. The only way for a rider to receive the credential is to prove capability on a motorcycle.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) explains that an applicant must complete the Virginia Rider Training Program. The certificate of completion participants receive will then allow them to operate a motorcycle legally for 30 days. At the end of that period, they must visit a DMV office in order to have the endorsement added to their license.

Riders who are age 19 or younger must complete each of four steps, including:

  1. Passing a vision screening
  2. Passing a motorcycle knowledge exam
  3. Holding a motorcycle learner’s permit for 9-months
  4. Passing the motorcycle road skills test

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm understand the importance of motorcyclists gaining experience before taking to the road alone and encourage all motorcyclists to participate in safety courses prior to riding.