Motorcycle laws are mandated in every state in the nation. Although the laws may be different according to each state, each state has certain rules and laws in order to legally operate a motorcycle.
While all states require that a motorcyclist has a driver’s license before operating a motorcycle, the age requirements, test requirements, and prerequisite courses may differ according to state. In addition, helmet laws may vary. States may allow a rider over a certain age to use their discretion when operating a motorcycle, while other states require that anyone riding a motorcycle must wear protection. Some states actually have no helmet laws at all.
Headlights, handlebar height eye protection, and taillight laws also vary according to state. Some states require headlights and taillights on every motorcycle being operate, while others do not. Handlebar height from the seat also varies by state, and eye protection is required in some states, while some states don’t require any eye safety gear.
Finally, state laws regarding traffic rules vary by state. An example includes lane splitting. While some states don’t acknowledge any lane splitting laws, other states prohibit lane splitting and if caught, the motorcyclist could possibly face a ticket, fines, and more. Keep in mind that other traffic laws include speed limits, turning, signaling, and more. Although most traffic laws for motorcycles are in accordance with traffic laws for vehicles, there are state-specific motorcycle traffic laws that you should know before operating a motorcycle.
Visit your state’s Department of Transportation website for specific laws pertaining to your state before operating a motorcycle. If you’ve been a victim of a motorcycle accident, you should seek the advice of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.