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Rhode Island Motorcycle Accidents
Over the past 100 years, motorcycles have become a popular method of travel. In the U.S., there are over 8 million registered bike riders. Almost 33,000 of these are located in Rhode Island, reports the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles provides a list of requirements for obtaining a motorcycle license. To be able to qualify for a motorcycle license in Rhode Island, riders have to pass an education course given by the Community College of Rhode Island. There are three levels of courses:
- Basic Rider Course: For beginners to become licensed
- Basic Rider Course 2: For experienced riders
- Advanced Rider Course: For enhancing skills
The Basic Rider Course 2 and Advanced Rider Course can only be taken by licensed motorcycle riders.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are an unfortunate occurrence. While sometimes riders do cause an accident, more often auto and truck drivers cause the crash. If you are in a bike accident of any kind, it is important to take these steps:
- Call police. If any injuries, call 911 immediately.
- Exchange all information with the other driver, including insurance.
- Talk to an attorney before giving any statements so you do not accidentally incriminate yourself.
Even if you think you may have caused the accident, protect yourself. You may not be the responsible party. If you are injured, you might be entitled to compensation.
Helmet Laws in Rhode Island
Some states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. In Rhode Island, riders 20 and under must wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all states pass helmet laws. It is estimated thousands of lives can be saved by people wearing helmets.
Locate a Local Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
A skilled attorney can help whether you are liable or are an injured victim. He or she can examine the circumstances surrounding the accident and help decide how to proceed. Call now to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in Rhode Island at 877-913-7222.