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Teens and motorcycles in Pennsylvania

While drivers of nearly every age can be found on Pennsylvania roadways, certain drivers pose greater risks to the safety of others. Teenagers, in particular, can be reckless drivers. Their inexperience and feeling of invincibility can lead teenagers to make risky decisions while driving. Teenagers are also easily distracted by cellphones and other technology that takes their attention from the roadways, making them even more dangerous.

When teenage drivers and motorcycles are combined, the risks can increase. Motorcycles are dangerous on their own and inexperienced, distracted drivers can make it worse. Therefore, Pennsylvania has enacted rules for young motorcycle drivers in order to try to keep everyone safe.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, 16 and 17-year-old motorcyclists must have special training in order to obtain a motorcycle license. Under Act 84, these teenagers need to complete a Basic Rider Course offered by the state. This course must include 15 hours of instruction. During this time, 10 hours are spent on a course and five hour are spent in a classroom.

In addition to the course requirement, these drivers must have a learner's permit for six months before being allowed to take a skills test. In addition to the time requirement, these young motorcyclists also have to have completed 65 hours of on-the-road driving. If these requirements are not met, then they cannot take the final test necessary for their license.

Motorcyclists and drivers alike face a lot of risks from inexperienced, distracted or reckless drivers. When these drivers cause motorcycle accidents or other injuries, legal remedies may be available. An attorney can help to explain people's legal rights when they have been injured in a motorcycle accident.

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