Archives for October 2012

Selling Your Motorcycle Privately

Over the last few years, as a result of writing columns for motorcycle magazines, I have had many readers call to ask if there is a downside to selling their motorcycle privately as opposed to trading it in? Given that this question revolves around a motorcycle, it seems to make sense to direct it to a motorcycle lawyer. First off, I don’t see anything wrong with selling your motorcycle privately, however if you are going to do this, you have to be smart about it. If somebody wants to test drive your motorcycle you must first ask if they have a motorcycle license and do they have any experience operating motorcycles. Although I may sound overly cautious, what would happen if you allowed this person to take your motorcycle out for a test drive, and they ended up injured as a result of … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Skills Test Required for Under 18

As of August 31, 2012, any 16 or 17 year old who wishes to take the skills test for their motorcycle license will have had to first complete the basic rider course offered by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. This is a free program and the bikes are normally provided free of charge. Most motorcycle lawyers familiar with this rule, will advise that before one can go for their licensing test, they must have had a learners permit for at least 6 months, completed at least 15 hours of classroom and riding instruction which breaks down into 5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the course. If you are under 18 you must also show that you had your parent attest to the 65 hours of training being completed. However, the 15 hours of training does count toward the 65 hours on the … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Death Lawsuits

Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer Lee D. Gaber, Esq., is occasionally requested as legal counsel for a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of a motorcycle accident death in PA or NJ. If someone close to you has died due to negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior of another party, it is essential that you contact a well-established Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney to determine whether you have an actionable wrongful death case. A wrongful death action is intended to obtain compensation for the victims for their own losses, financial and emotional, rather than losses by the deceased. An Experienced Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyer is Required Experienced preparation of a wrongful death lawsuit in a motorcycle accident death is required to maximize your … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle vs Car Accident Statistics

Everybody knows that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars. Let's face it, that is part of the appeal of riding a motorcycle! In 2010, the federal government estimated that the number of deaths on motorcycles was about 30 times the number of deaths in cars, on a per miles traveled basis. No doubt that these deaths were a function of the number of head injuries, which are more common among motorcyclists than car drivers, which should be fairly obvious. It is estimated that about 37% of deaths could be prevented by wearing a helmet. About 67% of the brain injuries could be prevented as well. 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2010. However, motorcycle deaths have been declining since the early 1980s until 1998, when they began to rise again through the year 2008. Motorcycle … [Read more...]

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