Motorcyclists ride for different reasons. For some, it goes way beyond basic transportation. It is a passion. There is a sense of freedom like flying. The sound of the motor, the vibration, the speed. At Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm, we get it. More than half of our employees are motorcyclists who ride regularly. We are also aware of the dangers that face motorcyclists daily, and we know you are, too. You can trust our experienced personal injury attorneys for any motorcycle-related accident.
You and Your Motorcycle
Studies show that motorcycle riders are better prepared to cope with riding emergencies and less likely to be involved in a crash if they have taken training courses. You must be licensed before you can operate a motorcycle on Minnesota roads. If you are 18 or older, you can earn a motorcycle license endorsement in one of the following two ways:
If you are under 18 years old, you must also present a certificate of completion of a state-approved motorcycle rider training course.
Additionally, you need to do the following:
Helmets are not mandatory in Minnesota for motorcyclists 18 or older. But in 2018, only 28% of motorcycle riders killed were known to be wearing a helmet.
On The Road
A motorcycle’s visual profile on the road is less than one-third that of an automobile. No matter how vigilant you are as a motorcyclist or mindful of the rules of the road, someone else’s negligence can cause an injury accident. “Start Seeing Motorcycles” is not just a catchy phrase, it is an imperative. But the motorcyclist cannot depend on car drivers to be vigilant.
Motorcyclists are susceptible to severe injuries due to the negligence of another driver. Nearly a third of all non-fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents involve the legs and feet. The second most common type of injury suffered in a motorcycle accident is head and neck trauma.
While motorcyclists must obey the same traffic rules as other motorists, motorcycles are not considered “motor vehicles” and are therefore not entitled to the same protections. Motorcycle insurance law is not as regulated as that of car insurance. If you are injured as a motorcyclist, you may find yourself without the insurance coverage you thought you had before your ride began.
Let the personal injury attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm review your insurance to make sure you are getting all the coverage you are entitled to claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact us at (763) 406-7000 for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding the motorcycle accident and related injuries and losses.