Unless you are under the age of 18, there is no legal requirement for taking a motorcycle safety course in the state of Pennsylvania. That being said, taking a motorcycle safety course is highly advised, and can help to keep you accident-free on the road. What’s more, your decision to take a motorcycle safety course may play a small role in your accident claim. Here’s how taking a motorcycle safety course—or not taking one—may affect your liability in a motorcycle accident.
If You’re Under the Age of 18
If you’re under the age of 18 years old and have not taken a motorcycle safety course per the legal requirement to do so, then this may be held against you when filing a claim for damages. That’s because your lack of taking a course may be considered negligent.
If it can be proven that your accident would not have occurred but for your lack of taking the course (i.e., if you had taken the course, would you have obtained a skill that would have prevented the accident from occurring?), then your ability to recover damages may be impaired.
Causation and Liability
For adult riders, the fact that a motorcycle safety course has not been taken may be part of the cause of the accident, although it’s unlikely. Instead, liability will be based on causation – what caused the crash and who was at fault. Examples of causation, or responsibility, include speeding, driving drunk, driving while impaired, or failing to follow traffic laws.
It’s important to note that in Pennsylvania, a victim’s damages amount can be reduced by the victim’s proportion of fault. As such, if you did something negligent too, then your compensation award may be reduced by your percentage of the blame. If you didn’t take a motorcycle safety course and this inhibited your ability to ride safely, leading to an accident, this will be considered.
Avoid Liability, Stay Safe
While a motorcycle safety course isn’t required for those riders ages 18 and older, you should take one regardless. Doing so can help to keep you safer on the road. What’s more, it can help you to avoid liability in the event of an accident. Here is a list of motorcycle safety courses for beginners in Pennsylvania.
Call a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you are facing accusations of fault or want to maximize your settlement amount in a motorcycle accident claim, call an attorney. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys are ready to get to work on your claim today. You can reach our team for a free legal consultation at 215-642-2335.