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For motorcycle enthusiasts in Alabama, there’s nothing like the 360-degree views and the feeling of freedom on the open road. However, riders also face increased risk when sharing the road with bigger, heavier vehicles. At Wilkins, Bankester, Biles & Wynne, P.A., we often assist clients injured in an auto accident file claims and fight for the compensation they deserve.

If you are thinking of buying a bike, there are some things you should know before taking the plunge. AutoBlog states that motorcycles must obey the same laws as other vehicles. This includes obeying speed limits, stopping at stop signs and red lights and abstaining from driving while intoxicated. There are also some extra steps riders must take.

Although you may purchase a motorcycle, you need a special driver’s license to drive it on the road legally. To obtain this type of license, you must complete an approved motorcycle safety class and successfully pass the written test.  

Even if you have an insurance policy that covers your four-wheeled vehicle, you must purchase coverage specifically for your bike. In most cases, there are minimum coverage requirements. Additionally, if you have a motorcycle permit, rather than a license, you cannot have anyone ride on the bike with you.

Wearing a helmet is a requirement in most states, including Alabama. If you are planning a road trip that crosses state lines, you should check the laws for more details. For example, some states do not require a visor, while others do.

Passenger cars and pickup trucks often do not see motorcycles when they are passing, which means there is a greater risk for a collision. If you sustained injuries in a crash due to a negligent driver, you might have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.