The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced available courses for motorcycle riders statewide, combining classroom and practical components in order to address safety issues and skill development for a wide variety of riders, from those who have only a motorcycle learner’s permit to the most experienced individuals with motorcycle licenses.

The State takes the education of motorcycle riders very seriously, as motorcyclists are the most exposed drivers on the road. As a result, accidents involving motorcycle riders are among the most serious motor vehicle accidents and there is an increased risk of catastrophic injury or death anytime a motorcycle rider is involved in an accident. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include: Head Injuries, Spinal Injuries, Road Rash, Fractures, Scarring or Disfigurement, and Loss of a Limb.

Craig Yetter, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, recently announced the commencement of registration for motorcycle courses, which are free for all State residents who currently have motorcycle permits or licenses. The classes are geared toward drivers with different levels of experience, from the Basic Rider Course, to the Basic Rider Course 2, and finally, the Advanced Rider Course. Each of these classes integrates classroom and practical training components, with special focus on driving skills and important safety concerns for riders.

Diligent safety practices are critical for motorcyclists, who are the most vulnerable of all drivers, as mentioned above. However, sometimes a motorcycle rider can be injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, in which case they may have grounds for a personal injury claim. These claims are crucial for obtaining the compensation necessary to support one’s medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering after being injured in a motor vehicle accident.

According to Pennsylvania law, all drivers who operate motor vehicles in the State must exercise a standard of care in order to ensure that other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, are safe and secure. Further, when an individual fails to exercise a level of care that a reasonably prudent driver would exercise under similar circumstances and is involved in an accident, he or she may be held liable for injuries sustained by another person who is involved.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding a motorcycle, contacting an experienced attorney is often the best decision that you make as you seek to obtain just compensation for your injuries. From gathering evidence to constructing a compelling case and effectively presenting supporting arguments on your behalf, a skilled legal advocate on your side can be an integral contributor to the successful resolution of your claim.

For additional information as to how the attorneys at Cohen & Riechelson can assist you with a motorcycle accident injury claim, contact their Bensalem, PA law offices at (215) 337-4915.

For additional information about Pennsylvania’s motorcycle courses, or to enroll, visit or call 1-800-845-9533. Also, view the following article: Free motorcycle courses available through PennDOT