4 West Virginia Motorcycle Laws to Know
Those who wish to operate a motorcycle in West Virginia should know the laws. Not only could abiding by the laws and rules of the road prevent a rider from receiving a ticket, but it may even save a life or reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident.
Laws Pertaining to Motorcycle Protective GearWest Virginia requires riders wear eye protection. However, if riding off the road, eye protection is not required.
Acceptable forms of motorcycle eye protection include:
- face shield (must comply with American National Standards Institute for Head, Eye and Respiratory Protection); or
- shatter-resistant safety eyeglasses.
Windshields or windscreens should meet the specifications established by the:
- American National Standards Institute;
- Safety Glazing Materials for Glazing Motor Vehicles Operated on Land Highways; and
- the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205.
Lane Splitting LawsOne of the advantages for a motorcyclist is the ease of moving in and out of traffic. However, the act of lane splitting - a common way to get around slow-moving or stopped traffic - is illegal in West Virginia. This occurs when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of vehicles.
Lane Occupancy LawsSome states don't allow motorcycles to ride side-by-side. But in West Virginia, two can travel in the same lane. There are many benefits to this, such as keeping in close communication and providing immediate assistance when necessary.
Of course, it's important to do so in a safe manner; for instance, using turn signals when necessary. And if the conditions would for some reason make it unsafe to ride two abreast, then riders should avoid it.
Motorcycle Insurance Laws in West VirginiaMotorcyclists must also carry minimum amounts of liability coverage:
- $20,000 for bodily injury per person;
- $40,000 per accident; and
- $10,000 property damage liability.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage would help in these circumstances. Talk to an insurance agent to learn about other types of coverage that would provide the best protection as a rider.