Motorcycle Laws and Safety Tips

Nothing comes close to cruising Virginia’s scenic roads on a motorcycle. But riders face danger at every turn, and riding safe should be every biker’s top priority. Following Virginia motorcycle laws and practicing safe riding habits can reduce the chances of serious accidents, and the Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to provide you with information that can help keep you safe on your bike.

Virginia Motorcycle Laws

Motorcycle laws in Virginia are designed to keep riders safe. Several important Virginia motorcycle laws to remember include:

  • Motorcycle Helmet Requirements in Virginia
    All riders and passengers are required to wear safety helmets, and face shields or goggles must accompany helmets when motorcycles lack safety glass or windshields.
  • Virginia Motorcycle Insurance Requirements
    In Virginia, motorcyclists can ride uninsured if they pay an uninsured motor vehicle fee to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Motorcyclists who choose to have insurance must carry the following minimum insurance coverage:

    • $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person
    • $50,000 for bodily injury of two or more people
    • $20,000 for property damage
  • Lane Sharing Laws in Virginia
    Lane splitting—or motorcycles sharing lanes with cars—is illegal in Virginia, but motorcyclists are permitted to ride side by side in the same lane.
  • Traffic Signal Laws in Virginia
    Motorcyclists can move with caution through non-responsive red lights after two rotations of the traffic light or two minutes, whichever is shorter.

If you have questions about Virginia’s motorcycle laws or insurance requirements, contact our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers. We can provide the information you need to ride with confidence.

Motorcycle Safety Tips to Remember

No matter how safe you are, some accidents can’t be avoided. But taking the following safety precautions can reduce your chances of being in a motorcycle accident:

  • Never drink and ride.
  • Wear a helmet and protective riding gear, including goggles or glasses, gloves, closed-toe shoes, pants, and a riding jacket.
  • Ride with both hands on your handlebars. Never try to hold something and ride.
  • Turn your lights on while riding—even during the day—so you’re more noticeable.
  • Ensure your passenger wears a helmet and protective gear and is comfortable riding on your bike.
  • Ride in a single line when riding with others, so you have plenty of room to maneuver.

Our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers know riding safe can’t prevent all motorcycle accidents. If you’ve been injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault, we want to fight for you. From our office in Norfolk, we help motorcycle accident victims throughout Virginia, including Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, and Williamsburg.

Contact Lowell Stanley for the aggressive representation you deserve—just dial (757) 459-CASH or complete our free online form to get started with your claim today.