motorcycle safety

Roanoke Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Encourage Bikers To Get Educated On Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2015

Each year, thousands of Virginia motorcyclists are injured or killed in accidents. Numerous studies have shown that getting educated on how to properly operate a motorcycle is one of the best ways motorcyclists can reduce their chances of being involved in a collision. That’s why our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm would like to let you know about an upcoming educational event for bikers.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) will be hosting a Basic Motorcycle Safety Course August 21-23. The Roanoke Times reports the event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The class will meet in room 905 of DSLCC’s Rockbridge Regional Center, located at 35 Vista Links Drive.

Participants in the course will receive classroom instruction on the basics of a motorcycle and its parts, proper operation of a bike, and techniques to avoid injury in the event of an accident. Then, riders will be able to practice what they’ve learned on real motorcycles ridden on a closed course. Helmets and motorcycles will be provided.

Those who complete the course by passing written and riding examinations will be granted a 30-day provisional Virginia motorcycle license.

At the Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the impact educational courses can have on motorcycle safety. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers encourage all motorcyclists, regardless of skill level, to consider signing up and taking a motorcycle safety course.


Roanoke Motorcycle Accident Lawyers List Top Rules of the Road for Riders

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2015

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.