Much smaller than cars and trucks, motorcycles can pose a risk to riders, who are especially vulnerable on roads in Virginia and throughout the United States. Various programs have been initiated by state authorities in an effort to spread awareness regarding various safety measures that should be followed by motorcycle riders.
Holding a valid license for operating a motorcycle is mandatory. However, one may obtain a motorcycle learner's permit before getting a full motorcycle driving license under an M class designation. A class M designation allows the motorcyclist to operate a vehicle with either two or three wheels. In addition, all motorcycles of Virginia residents must be registered with the state.
Motorcycle riders are encouraged to wear protective gear including helmets, clothing that may increase visibility during bad weather and taking other protective measures to help motorcycle riders to avoid motorcycle accidents. Additional training is provided by the state authorities to help in this manner.
Motorcycle safety instructors also provide additional training in community locations such as schools and colleges as well as community centers to aid both novice motorcycle riders as well as experience motorcycle riders who wish to improve their riding skills. Safety instructions relating to weather conditions, protective gear and other instructions may be provided during such special trainings provided by Virginia authorities. Such training is provided in controlled environments thereby ensuring safety of all participants. Furthermore, instructors may be able to teach a new skill set to even the most experienced motorcycle riders to promote safety on the roads.
Motorcycle accidents may cause severe injuries, often resulting in disabilities or death. While it's important for motorcycle riders to follow proper safety precautions, accidents do still occur as a result of negligent vehicle drivers. Motorcyclists who have been injured due to a negligent driver may want to speak with an attorney to discuss their legal options.
Source: DMV.VIRGINIA.gov, "Motorcycle Safety", accessed on Feb. 27, 2015