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Washington Becomes First State to Try New Motorcycle Test Standards

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 5, 2012

WA Motorcyclist TestWashington has become the first U.S. state to test out a new system for motorcycle testing and licensing that is based on recent nationwide research of motorcycle accidents and safety issues.

The new test includes elements that focus on curves. Research indicates that most fatal motorcycle accidents and motorcycle crash injuries occur when motorcyclists are attempting to navigate curves. As a result, the new test includes elements that require riders to demonstrate their competence in navigating tight turns while on the bike.

Washington motorcyclists who are getting their motorcycle endorsement for the first time will need to show that they can handle the new test. Washington bikers who already have motorcycle endorsements will be able to keep their endorsements without taking a new test.

A basic training class is one way to develop and practice the skills you need to pass the motorcycle licensing test and to handle a motorcycle safely on the road. The two-day class is offered in many locations throughout the state and teaches key skills, including how to prevent or handle some of the most common emergency situations. Intermediate and advanced motorcycle classes are also available from some providers, giving bikers a chance to improve and develop their skills further.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you or someone you love is injured in a bike crash, the dedicated Washington motorcycle lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help you seek the compensation you need. Contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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