Motorcyclists Rights & Safety Laws

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Riders of motorcycles know that they are entitled to the same rights and subject to the same responsibilities as operators of other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, not everyone else seems to understand this, and the result of such negligence is all too often a catastrophic motorcycle accident.

Motorcyclists deserve better. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the Parkersburg motorcycle accident attorney Jim Leach is ready to discuss the details of your case with you. Please contact our firm today at 1-877-526-5461 to schedule a free case evaluation.

One of the most common motorcycle accident questions we get asked concerns details of just what motorcyclists can and can’t do on West Virginia’s roads. Here, then, are just a few of the most common regulations. West Virginia state law requires that motorcyclists:

  1. Turn on headlights during the day.
  2. Wear eye protection.
  3. Have at least one rearview mirror.
  4. Position handlebars no higher than 15 inches above the seat.
  5. Use a muffler.
  6. Obtain periodic safety inspections.
  7. Wear an approved safety helmet with reflectors.
  8. Have and use proper turn signals.
  9. Maintain a valid liability insurance policy.

But it’s not just restrictions. Motorcyclists in West Virginia also enjoy a number of rights under the law, include the right to:

  1. Use a modulating headlight.
  2. Listen to helmet speakers.
  3. Drive motorcycles with no limits on noise.
  4. Ride two abreast in a single lane.
  5. Possess and use radar detectors.

Knowing and understanding your rights and responsibilities is one of your best defenses against drivers who might not even acknowledge your presence on the road, much less the laws that govern road safety. Knowing what is allowed and expected could help you avoid a serious injury, or even wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation under West Virginia law. Please contact the Parkersburg accident injury attorneys at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law today, or call 1-877-526-5461 to schedule your free consultation.