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From the thrill of experiencing the open road on two wheels, to zipping around town on a highly fuel-efficient and easily parked vehicle, there are many perks to riding a motorcycle. The biggest drawback, of course, is the risks that riders face every time they ride. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in accidents than people in cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Because of those risks, and because of the complexities and steep learning curve of riding a motorcycle, all riders in Ohio must be properly licensed to ride on public roads, highways, and interstates. Having a standard driver’s license isn’t enough—riders must obtain specific motorcycle licenses or endorsements to legally operate a motorized two-wheel vehicle.
Riding a motorcycle safely means being a master of defensive and anticipatory driving. It also requires being knowledgeable about the limitations of motorcycles, as well as their differences compared to other passenger vehicles. People who obtain motorcycle licenses and endorsements are tested on these differences to prove their competence before they’re allowed to go for a spin on their own.
If you’re interested in obtaining a motorcycle license in Ohio, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Note that riders of any age with valid TIPICs who complete a Motorcycle Ohio course within 60 days of applying for their motorcycle license of endorsement are exempt from taking the skills test.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offers a Basic Rider Skills (BRS) course for new riders, which when completed, can take the place of the official skills test. Ohio encourages all riders to take this 16-hour course, and it requires only a valid TIPIC or motorcycle endorsement on your license. No experience is necessary, and a motorcycle is provided for all participants to use while taking the course. However, you must bring your own helmet due to the risks of COVID-19 during the 2020 training session.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we strongly believe in the importance of motorcycle safety. Part of that requires building a strong skillset and knowledge foundation for new riders. Our very own Firm Administrator, Frank Strack, isn’t just a passionate motorcyclist himself—he’s also an instructor for the BRS course. In addition to ensuring our attorneys are equipped to help injured motorcyclists, he also devotes his free time to helping prevent motorcycle accidents on Ohio’s roadways via instruction and education.
You can’t simply show up to your local BMV and take a motorcycle riding skills test. The exam must be scheduled in advance. You can do so in three different ways:
Test are conducted at driver exam stations throughout Ohio, while licenses are issued to applicants who pass their tests at deputy registrar license agencies throughout the state.
Obtaining a motorcycle license is an exciting accomplishment. After you earn your license, it’s up to you to continue to put into practice all the safety lessons and defensive driving maneuvers you learned while studying and practicing. But even the safest riders face risks when drivers don’t look out for them or give them the space and respect, they deserve on highways and interstates.
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help after crashes and injuries. We know that insurance companies are often reluctant to give riders like you the money they deserve, and their bias can even result in dismissed injury claims. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 216-621-2300.
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