March 22, 2022

Not Having a Mississippi Motorcycle Endorsement Could Affect Your Injury Claim

Prospective motorcyclists in Mississippi should have a firm grasp of the state’s motorcycle laws before jumping on a bike and hitting the road. This is true to keep the riders safe and also lawful when traveling about. Considering the fact that motorcycle accidents can cause a significant amount of catastrophic harm, making sure that riders are following the laws can be a consideration when it comes to securing compensation after a crash. 

If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Mississippi, it is likely that you suffered some severity of physical bodily harm. It is common for motorcyclists to be treated unfairly on the road by other drivers who do not exercise the reasonable amount of care that they should. When negligence by another party is the reason that your crash and damages happened, the Jackson motorcycle accident attorney and The Germany Law Firm, PLLC can assist you with pursuing compensation.

Mississippi Motorcycle Licensing Requirements

, Not Having a Mississippi Motorcycle Endorsement Could Affect Your Injury Claim, Germany Law Firm PLLCEvery state has its own laws regarding motorcycles. For example, not every state requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Illinois, for instance, does not have any laws regarding motorcycle helmets while Kansas says only those aged 17 and younger must wear a helmet. In Mississippi, every rider and their passengers must be wearing a helmet no matter what their age is.

Learning how to operate a motorcycle safely is different than learning how to drive a car. Having a driver’s license for a car does not mean a driver will be able to drive a motorcycle.

This is why to lawfully drive a motorcycle you will need to get a learner's permit, training, and then take a separate licensing test and riding exam. Upon successful completion, a motorcycle endorsement will be added to your driver’s Class R driver’s license. In addition, an inspection of your motorcycle must be done to lawfully drive on the road.

If you don’t have your Mississippi motorcycle endorsement and you operate a motorcycle you risk facing negative repercussions like:

  • Fines
  • Having to pay to have your motorcycle impounded
  • Have issues with insurance premiums or losing insurance
  • Depending on your situation you may even have to spend some time behind bars

Should a crash happen, if you do not have a license, this could show that you have no regard for the law. That could affect your personal injury claim and ability to secure the compensation you need to recover.

It is important to follow the rules of the road including having the appropriate licensing, training, and equipment when driving a motorcycle or any other automobile. If you are harmed in a vehicular accident, working with competent legal counsel can improve your chances for maximum recovery. Bob Germany is a Jackson vehicular accident attorney that can provide effective legal representation and guidance after a crash.

Speak with a Jackson Personal Injury Attorney Today

There is a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim in Mississippi. Quick action is in your best interest. To learn more, please call the Jackson personal injury attorney at The Germany Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation at (601) 487-0555. 

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