An article recently published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses the connection between motorcycle riders that did not have a valid cycle license and motorcycle accidents.
Many motorcycle riders have been driving without the proper license for so many years, that by now they may even feel uncomfortable going in to apply for one, especially sitting elbow-to-elbow with a younger crowd. In addition, a safety course doesn’t hold much appeal to riders that already feel they are experienced. Although these reasons are understandable, they are not acceptable excuses for operating a dangerous vehicle without being legally approved to do so.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation informs us that 36% of motorcycle fatalities within the last ten years involved a rider that did not have a valid motorcycle license. In some of those years, the percentage was up to nearly half! The Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program manager agrees that unlicensed motorcycle riders are a huge concern.
In Wisconsin, an unlicensed motorcyclist risks three demerit points along with a fine of $200. Last year, over 850 people were successfully prosecuted for just that, although the issue continues to persist. To encourage change, some states have adopted even harsher penalties, such as impoundment of the motorcycle. However, time has shown that these punishments have not made a difference in the number of citations given for the issue.
The license required in order to drive a motorcycle belongs to Class M, or at minimum, the corresponding permit. The fee for an instruction permit is currently $32, and the fee for a Class M license is $22, although there may be changes to these prices. Keep in mind that the rules for a moped are not the same as that of an actual motorcycle. Specific requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license, or any other type of driver’s license, can easily be found online or from your local DMV.
Driving a motorcycle is considered more difficult than driving a regular four-wheeled car. In addition, a bike rider is at a much greater risk of being harmed without a vehicle surrounding their body for protection. This is why we urge anyone that wants to start driving a motorcycle to obtain the necessary license. This simple action is required by law for your protection as well as the others on the road around you.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Gruber Law Offices to discuss a potential case. The number is 1-888-855-9069. All it takes is one call, and they are waiting to hear from you 24/7.
The original article may be found here at jsonline.com.