According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, through the third quarter of 2013, there were 78 serious injury motorcycle accidents in Kings County. Beginner motorcycle safety courses can help new riders develop good skills and habits that may help reduce the risk of accidents. Some insurers may even offer discounts to riders who take safety courses.
Motorcycle Course Overview
Beginner motorcycle safety courses teach materials relevant to the Washington motorcycle endorsement test. Topics may include operating the bike, riding tactics, how to handle other motorists, how to handle flat tires and other relevant topics. The courses include an outdoor component in which riders get to practice with real motorcycles. Riders may practice weaving, normal stops, turns, U-turns, obstacle swerves, quick stops and handling curves.
Courses certified by the Washington Department of Licensing allow riders to receive their license endorsement at the end of the course if they pass the course's test. After passing the test, riders receive a slip that they can bring into a Department of Licensing office within 180 days to receive the endorsement. Riders can consult the Department of Licensing's website to find the nearest approved course provider near them. Courses subsidized by Washington State cost $125 for adults and $50 for those younger than18 years of age.
Riders need to bring the following items to their course:
- pen or pencil;
- eye protection;
- long-sleeved shirt;
- long pants;
- over-the-ankle shoes;
- snack or lunch; and
There are also intermediate and experienced rider courses. These courses cover advanced topics like swerving while cornering and traffic management, among other topics.
Benefits of Motorcycle Safety Courses
By learning proper tactics in a motorcycle beginner course, riders develop the skills to avoid serious injury in accidents. Safety courses also cover proper maintenance and safety gear for riding, which may save a rider's life.
Insurance companies may offer a discount to policyholders for taking motorcycle safety courses. Motorcyclists are not required to purchase insurance in Washington, although many riders do purchase it to protect themselves if they cause an accident, and the states around Washington all require riders to carry insurance.
Taking a motorcycle safety course can help riders decide if they actually want to ride a motorcycle. A motorcycle can seem appealing at first, but some don't truly know whether they want to ride until they start. It’s better to decide it isn’t for you in a safety course, rather than once you hit the road.
What if I’m in an accident?
A motorcycle class could help you reduce your risk of an accident, but if a negligent motorist causes an accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for any damages you sustain. Max Meyers Law is committed to helping Redmond riders recover fair compensation if they’re injured in an accident. Contact our office at 855-502-7960 and set up a consultation to learn more about your rights in the event of an accident.