There are many of us who ride motorcycles these days, whether for recreation, for daily transportation, or both. While the operation of a motorcycle in a safe manner is always important to avoid motorcycle accident injuries, this is particularly so when a motorcycle is being operated among other vehicles with whom the motorcyclist is sharing the road.
In Louisiana, before you are allowed to operate a motorcycle on our roads and highways, you must first demonstrate that you possess the special skills and knowledge to safely operate the motorcycle in traffic. This is done by obtaining a motorcycle endorsement for your driver’s license.
Our New Orleans, Louisiana, car accident lawyers understand that motorcycle safety is something that should be taken very seriously. Far too many of the cases we’ve represented involve a motorcycle rider who has been seriously injured. While motorcycles represent just 2% of all registered vehicles in the United States, motorcycle accidents account for 5% of all highway fatalities each year.
Motorcycles can be a fun and fuel efficient mode of transportation, but before you get started, be sure that you’re properly prepared. Read on to find out where to take the necessary motorcycle safety training courses and learn how to get a motorcycle endorsement in Louisiana.
How to Get a Motorcycle Endorsement in Louisiana
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is responsible for administering motorcycle endorsements to those who qualify. In order to obtain your motorcycle endorsement, you must complete vision, written knowledge and on-cycle skills exams.
For the on-cycle skills exam, you will need to provide your current driver’s license, your own motorcycle with current proof of insurance, a current inspection sticker, and current license plates. You must also wear a motorcycle helmet.
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Motorcycle Safety Courses in Louisiana
Alternatively, you can avoid taking the on-cycle exam if you successfully complete a state-approved motorcycle safety course. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety offers a 15.5 hour basic safety course, designed to train beginner riders in the special skills and mental attitude needed to navigate city streets and highways safely on a motorcycle. This course includes classroom instruction as well as instruction on a motorcycle in a controlled, off-street environment.
For more advanced motorcyclists, there is also a 5-hour Advanced Rider Course, which helps riders practice cornering, braking and evasive maneuvering techniques to keep them safer on the road.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also offers a search feature to help you find a motorcycle safety course near you, as well as other valuable resources for riders. There are many different educational programs throughout the state for those interested in learning more about motorcycle safety. Learn more at either of the following links:
Operating your Motorcycle After Getting A Motorcycle Endorsement
In addition to following the same traffic regulations required of other drivers and vehicles, a motorcycle rider operating a motorcycle in traffic must comply with the following regulations:
- You must wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle (helmets have the added benefit of reducing fatal motorcycle accident injuries)
- You must wear eye protection, unless your motorcycle has a windshield
- Your motorcycle must be inspected every year
- You must have proof of liability insurance or financial security at all times
- You must carry your driver’s license with your motorcycle endorsement at all times
- Your motorcycle must be registered with the state of Louisiana
Contact Morris Bart About Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
We hope you never get in an accident. But if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident injury, please contact us at Morris Bart, LLC Attorneys at Law today. We offer a free case evaluation with our personal injury attorneys, who will review the details of your case and advise you on the best approach to getting the compensation you deserve for your injury.
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