Before you can even think about taking steps to avoid a New Haven motorcycle accident you need to obtain a Connecticut motorcycle license. The good news is that the steps to obtain a license are pretty straight forward and easy to accomplish, however they do differ from those required to get a license to drive a car. You will need to follow all of these steps to make sure you can ride your motorcycle legally throughout the state.
The first thing to know is that a motorcycle license is not actually a separate license from your driver’s license, but rather it is an endorsement on your current license. If you have passed a drivers test for your automobile license you’ve already taken the first step towards getting your motorcycle endorsement on your license. By having your drivers license already secured you will be able to focus on the safety and rules of the road for a motorcycle.
To obtain an endorsement for riding a motorcycle on your drivers license you will need to follow these steps;
Step #1: If you are under the age of 18 years old you will need to complete a parental consent form in order to apply for this endorsement. If your parents do not consent, you will need to wait to get your endorsement until you are over the age of 18.
Step #2: Complete the application for a non-commercial driver’s license.
Step #3: Take the motorcycle knowledge and vision test at the DMV. It is a 16-question test which is based on the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. If/when you pass this knowledge and vision test you will be able to get your motorcycle learner’s permit.
Step #4: After passing the knowledge and vision test and obtaining your motorcycle learner’s permit you will be required to participate in a novice motorcycle safety course which has been approved by the DMV. You will be required to complete classroom work as well as skills training on a motorcycle. Once you’ve completed the course you will obtain a certificate that is good for 2 years.
Step #5: Once you have proof of completion of a motorcycle safety course you can return to the DMV to get an “M” endorsement on your driver’s license.
Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, but it can also be dangerous so it is critically important that you follow all of the steps required to get yourself licensed to drive a motorcycle in the state of Connecticut. If you are riding and get into a New Haven motorcycle accident you will have the skills and knowledge to understand the rules of the road and what is required as a motorcyclist to make sure everyone is safe and well cared for before, during and after the accident.
There are all kinds of accidents that happen and situations that occur with people who ride motorcycles and our attorneys have experience with many of these situations. Of course, all circumstances are different and unique, but with the vast knowledge that our attorneys will bring to your situation they will work with you to protect your long-term interests.