Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Laws

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Motorcycling is a popular pastime in the U.S. Each day, millions of motorcyclists get on their bikes to ride on the open road. While it is thrilling, there are unfortunately thousands of motorcycle accidents each year. Whether these accidents are caused by collisions with other vehicles or are single-bike accidents, they can result in severe injury or even death. Continue reading this blog to learn more about motorcycle safety and traffic laws.

License Requirements

Motorcyclists, like all motorists, are legally obligated to have a valid license. This is in addition to the regular driver’s license, as some states may even require a “motorcycle-only” license.

While licensing laws vary by state, you usually have to pass a written test and driving skills test. Be sure to research the particular licensing laws in your state. Not only is it legally required, but it will provide you with the necessary skills to be safe on the road.

Proper Motorcycle Equipment

A motorcycle exposes you, increasing the chances of a severe injury in the event of an accident.

Compared to cars, which see continuous improvements in safety ratings, motorcycles don’t hold a candle.

Motorcycle safety attire is extremely important.

Motorcycle Helmets

While helmet laws vary state by state, it is a highly protective gear component.

  • California, Nevada and several other states require all riders and passengers to wear a helmet.
  • Ohio, Utah and other states require drivers under a certain age to wear a helmet (usually 18 or 21).
  • Illinois and a few other states do not require you to wear a helmet.

Even if your state does not require a helmet, wearing one can protect you from serious, or even fatal, head injuries.

Helmet Visors

It is necessary to see where you are going. This can be difficult when riding a bike. Wind, rain, bugs and other debris can block your visibility, increasing your chances of getting in an accident.

This is why it is necessary to wear a helmet with a visor. In fact, eye protection is mandatory in most states.

Biking Equipment

Almost all states require motorcycles to have essential equipment to keep riders safe. This equipment includes the following:

  • rear view mirrors
  • passenger seats (except Missouri and Mississippi)
  • turn signals and daylight headlights
  • safety inspections

Before riding a bike, be sure to check the specific safety equipment requirements in your state.

Traffic Laws for Motorcycles

Like any other motorist, it is required for motorcyclists to follow the same traffic laws. However, because motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, there are additional special rules:

  • Lane splittingWhen you drive your motorcycle between the two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic.
  • Riding two-by-two – When you and another motorcyclist share the same lane. This is permitted in most states. In some states, two motorcycles may ride next to each other. In other states, the bikes must be staggered. Be sure to research the specific laws of your state.

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