With the Blue Ridge Bike Fest wrapping up last week, motorcycle season has officially arrived here in Roanoke. With so many riders taking to the road though, it’s important to keep safety in mind and our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm say safety starts with knowing and following the rules of the road.
Some of the most important laws for riding on Virginia’s roadways cover:
- Helmet Requirements– All riders—including passengers—in the commonwealth of Virginia must wear a helmet that includes a face shield or safety goggles.
- Insurance Requirements– All motorcycle operators must carry an insurance policy on their bike that can be used to cover expenses in the event of an accident. Minimum coverage must meet compulsory liability insurance limits or include a $500 uninsured motorist fee.
- Operating Laws– Motorcyclists are allowed to ride next to one another in the same lane; however, bikers cannot “split lanes”, an act of passing between two vehicles in adjacent lanes.
- Riding Off-Road- The laws for operating a motorcycle off-road are much different than for riding on the streets. The American Motorcyclist Association outlines the rules for operating a bike off of the highway.
At the Skolrood Law Firm, we know the importance of obeying the law when riding a motorcycle and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers hope this information helps to keep you safe during the coming months of riding season.