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How does someone get a motorcycle operating license?

Riding a motorcycle may be one of the most freeing experiences one goes through on the road-the wind blowing through the biker's hair, the sensation of being so close to the road and utilizing all your senses while driving are reasons people love getting on their motorbike.

However, driving a motorcycle is much more difficult than it is to drive a motor vehicle for these very reasons. Because an Ohio driver is basically out in the open and doesn't have the protection offered by a vehicle, they need to ensure they remain aware of their surroundings and position between other cars on the road. In addition to this, motorcycles are more responsive than other vehicles, both to the rider's inputs and to outside forces such as irregular roads or strong crosswinds.

It is important for drivers to understand the challenges they face while navigating the road on their motorcycles; one of the ways they can become aware is through the licensing process. Most people may not even know about the requirements of a motorcycle license or the fact that it is also a graduated licensing plan like one has for a motor vehicle.

The first step is to get a temporary motorcycle learner's permit. Riders who complete the knowledge test successfully obtain a temporary instruction permit identification card. With this, the holder can ride their motorcycle during daylight hours and not on congested roads. In addition to this, they cannot take passengers on their motorbike and, perhaps most importantly, they must wear an approved protective helmet and eyewear.

This permit is then valid for one year, during which the holder must take a test to get the motorcycle license. To get this, the holder must either complete the motorcycle skills test or the Motorcycle Ohio Basic Course. The skill test helps riders know their cycles and their speed and responsive limits, learn how to accelerate and brake safely and make and carry out critical decisions.

Despite all this, motorcycle accidents do take place and bystanders get injured in the process. An accident can change a victim's life and, although it is not possible to account for the pain and suffering a victim goes through, a personal injury lawsuit may be one way to get compensation to cover the medical costs that resulted from the crash.

Source: Office of Criminal Justice Services, "Motorcycle Ohio," Accessed on March 16, 2015

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