Maryland Accident Attorney: Know the Risks of Unlicensed Riders and Motorcycle Accidents

Similar to unlicensed drivers, motorcycle riders who operate their bikes without licenses are at a higher risk of getting into a serious motorcycle accident in Virginia than those who are properly licensed. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), unlicensed motorcyclists are among the highest population of at-risk drivers in the nation.

Presently, there are approximately two million Americans operating motorcycles without valid licenses. Due to the nature of motorcycle riding, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being seriously injured or killed compared to automobile passengers.

Why are unlicensed motorcyclists at a greater risk than licensed riders?

Unlicensed motorcycle riders are often:

  • Lacking proper training.
  • Lacking proper knowledge concerning the workings of a motorcycle.
  • Lacking the experience needed to pass a licensing exam and safely ride on the streets.
  • Riding with a proven history of avoiding motorcycle safety laws, and may even have a history of recklessness or safety violations.

Licensed motorcycle riders must pass skill and knowledge tests before obtaining a license. This preparation helps them to better navigate the difficulties of the road and motorcycle limitations.

Unlicensed motorcyclists are most typically described as: new and inexperienced bike owners; first time, novice riders trying out a friend’s bike; under-aged riders too young to be licensed; long-time riders with revoked licenses.

Not only are unlicensed motorcycle riders at a greater risk of being injured in an accident, they also unnecessarily put other motorists at risk of injury as well. These negligent parties should be held responsible for their dangerous actions that can harm others.

At Lewis & Tompkins, we’ve been serving victims of motorcycle accidents in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for three generations. We have the tenacity and experience needed to aggressively pursue your case. Contact us today to schedule your no-cost consultation: 202-296-0666.

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