November 6th, 2014
The Risks of a Virginia Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists are so exposed to their surroundings while riding, and the likelihood of serious injuries resulting from Virginia motorcycle accidents is relatively high. One of the best ways to reduce these risks is for each rider to get proper training and go through the state motorcycle licensing process.
To obtain your Virginia motorcycle license, you’ll need to complete several steps. First, you must pass a vision screening and the motorcycle knowledge test. Then, you must hold a motorcycle learner’s permit for a specific amount of time. If you’re age 19 or older, that time period is 30 days. If you’re younger than age 19, you will have to hold a permit for 9 months. Once you’ve completed this phase, you must pass the motorcycle road skills test.
If you’re interested in getting your motorcycle license, the Virginia Department of Transportation provides a list of locations where you can participate in the Virginia Rider Training Program. This course offers both classroom and hands-on training in both proper riding technique and safety.
Other Ways You Can Stay Safe
The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm points out there are other ways you can stay safe on a motorcycle as well. Wearing proper safety gear—such as a helmet, eye protections, a leather jacket, and gloves—can reduce your chances of injury in the event of an accident. Also, make yourself more visible to other motorists keeping your headlight on.
July 24th, 2014
The risk of being involved in a collision with an automobile is a serious concern for motorcyclists in Virginia. This is especially true when passing cars and trucks at intersections in the road. A study called The Hurt Report found that drivers who fail to recognize or yield the right-of-way to a passing motorcycle cause a majority of motorcycle accidents.
This statistic hit home recently after a Roanoke motorcycle accident last Thursday left one motorcyclist seriously injured. Reports indicate the collision happened at around 4 p.m. on July 17 on Peters Creek Road near Northside High School.
An article from WDBJ 7 News explains the driver of an SUV attempted to turn left onto the roadway from the school, but failed to see an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist did not have time to stop and collided with the SUV. The motorcyclist is continuing to recover from injuries sustained in the crash.
Accidents like this leave many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road. The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm say two actions that can help keep bikers safe on the road.
Riders should assume other motorists do not them and always be prepared to stop. They should be aware of their surroundings and thinking of how they can avoid possible collisions when approaching other vehicles. Secondly, bikers should get training on proper riding and crash avoidance techniques at a motorcycle safety course.
The firm is hopeful these tips will help keep you safe on the road this summer.
June 26th, 2014
Motorcycle season has officially made its way to Virginia. Unfortunately, so have the usual risks of accidents that bikers face. The Virginia State Police say that 81 riders lost their lives last year and there have already been several Virginia motorcycle accidents recorded this year already.
To help address these dangers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released statistics highlighting some of the typical risks motorcyclists face. The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are also offering riders motorcycle safety tips to help prevent collisions.
The NHTSA reported in an article from Tri Cities News that while many motorcyclists are injured or killed as the result of collisions involving other vehicles, single vehicle crashes make up a large portion of these casualties as well. Speed and inability to maintain control of the bike were typically contributing factors in the latter type of crash.
So what can bikers do to stay safe when on the road? Mark Skolrood, founding attorney with the Skolrood Law Firm, is an avid motorcyclist and says there are several ways riders can protect themselves, including:
- Wearing a Helmet and Safety Gear
- Taking A Motorcycle Training Course
- Driving Defensively At All Times
Our team of attorneys has a deep understanding of the importance of motorcycle awareness on the road and is offers several other motorcycle safety tips on tour website.