Although the weather is cooling down across the state of Montana, this does not mean that motorcyclists have stored their bikes for the winter. Year round, motorcyclists can be encountered throughout the nation, and drivers in all states should constantly be aware of their presence on the roadways. However, ensuring that automobile drivers are cautious around motorcyclists is only half the battle. Proper training for both beginner and well-seasoned motorcyclists helps ensure the safety of motorcyclists on all roadways.

While the assumption back in the 1960’s was that if an individual was able to ride a bicycle, he or she could drive a motorcycle, it is clear today that drivers of all experience levels require knowledge and essential skills to safely operate motorcycles.

Whether you are an experienced rider or a novice one, every time an individual purchases a motorcycle, it is important that the rider understands the machine they are purchasing and that they have the skills to safely operate it. There are various schools geared at teaching beginner, novice and experienced riders how to become exceptional riders. Since 1972, more than 7 million motorcyclists have graduated from a rider course.

Through a classroom and riding course, motorcyclists will not only learn the basic safety elements, but also what to do in emergency situations. And while these courses are targeted to increase motorcycle safety and reduce motorcycle accidents, these types of crashes still occur.

Motorcycle awareness only goes so far and cannot protect a rider from a negligent driver. In these matters, a motorcyclist could sustain serious injuries and damages. If another driver is at fault, liability could be placed on them, allowing the injured victim to recover compensation for their losses and damages.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Learning to ride: Proper instruction instills motorcycle safety,” Bob Weber, May 15, 2015