Stay Safe Motorcycling in West Virginia
Miley Legal Group
Adapted from Visit Southern West Virginia
There is no true method to making a rider indestructible on a motorcycle. You can wear as much leather as you want; nothing is going to protect you when you hit asphalt going at 55 mph. Here are a few tips you can use when riding in West Virginia.
Know West Virginia’s Motorcycle Laws
It should be a given, but if you are riding a motorcycle in the State of West Virginia, you should be aware of the laws. You should have all of the required safety gear: eye protection, a helmet and a working headlight. It is a requirement to have a motorcycle designed to carry another person if you have a passenger, which includes a seat and a footrest for the second rider.
Be on the Lookout for Wildlife when Riding a Bike
West Virginia’s motto is Wild and Wonderful for a reason. There are a number of different animals that will dash out in front of you when traveling our mountain roads. Many animals tend to travel in groups, including deer. When confronted with an animal on the roadway, you should brake aggressively and not swerve to avoid the animal. Swerving will only lead you to become unbalanced and could place you in additional danger.
Careful on the Curves to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
Mountain roads have a lot of twists and turns. They are curvy when you least expect it. If you are faced with a winding road, make sure you slow down at unfamiliar curves. If you are familiar with West Virginia back roads, some curves can go on forever as it winds around a mountain. It then can quick jet the other way, which can lead to an accident if you are not careful.
Look out for Big Trucks
West Virginia is part of coal country, and that leads to hundreds of coal trucks on the roads. With the increase in the oil and gas industry, there are new types of trucks to be on the lookout for. One-lane roads can be treacherous for motorcycles, let alone large trucks. It is best to be on the lookout for these vehicles and pay close attention to your surroundings; it is not always obvious that you are near a coal mine or an industrial site.
Be Cautious of Gravel
West Virginia roadways are not all paved and the ones that are usually are in some stage of deterioration. This creates loose gravel, potholes and other debris in the road. Something as mundane as a stone in the middle of the road can cause grief for a motorcycle rider, add a few hundred more and a pothole and that can lead to a disaster.
Share this with your biker friends and family, especially those coming in from out of state. We want everyone to be safe on our roadways. If you need information after a motorcycle accident, do not wait to contact your motorcycle lawyers. For additional information you can check out these frequently asked questions.