Whether you are riding your motorcycle alone or with friends, in your home state or on a long road trip, the first step to enjoying a safe ride is to know and understand all applicable motorcycle laws. The motorcycle laws in place throughout the U.S. govern everything from motorcycle and safety gear standards to helmets and proper conduct on the road. Though there are similarities throughout the country, each state's motorcycle laws are unique.
Each state has motorcycle laws that govern motorcycle construction, components, and accessories. For highway riders, states may require one or both side-view mirrors, noise limiting pipes (mufflers), headlights and taillights, turn signals, passenger footrests and seats, and handlebars that meet certain specifications for height and positioning.
An off-road motorcycle may be required by state laws to meet any of these requirements, and in certain cases a spark arrestor is mandatory. Additionally, both on-road and off-road motorcycle riders are subject to laws governing maximum noise levels. Some states also require periodic equipment safety inspections.
In addition to regulating the components and design of motorcycles themselves, many states regulate personal safety equipment. Besides helmet laws, states may enact legislation regarding eye protection, radar detectors, and various other types of personal safety gear. Each state's motorcycle safety equipment laws are different, so it is important to be familiar with the individual laws applicable wherever you are riding.
States across the U.S. have different rules governing the motorcycle licensing process, and laws governing riders' conduct on the road vary as well. Each state has a different perspective on how to make riding safer, and each state's motorcycle laws reflect this.
The guidelines for conduct on the road can differ considerably throughout the country. Some states allow riders to travel two abreast in the same lane, while others prohibit this practice. States also have different rules on lane splitting (the practice of riding between lanes of traffic in a traffic jam). Some states allow lane splitting, while others do not. Knowing and following the rules wherever you are riding is the best way to avoid tickets and unfortunate traffic accidents.
If you would like more information about motorcycle laws, contact the lawyers at Law Tigers today. We have motorcycle accident lawyers in every state that can help you understand motorcycle regulations and provide aggressive legal representation if you are ever involved in an accident.