Obeying the Law to Help Avoid Motorcycle Accident Blame
Whether you are driving down the Beltway, or taking the scenic route down Sligo, your motorcycle can give you a sense of freedom that you just can’t get from your car. However, with that sense of freedom, comes an entirely new set of laws that you must follow.
These laws are not only enforced for your safety, but for the safety of those around you. By disobeying the rules of the road, not only could you cause a serious accident and be liable for the injuries you caused, but also could also be seriously injured or killed yourself. Therefore, you should always be aware of the motorcycle restrictions and safety guidelines of wherever you are planning to drive, before you rev up your engine.
Rules of the Road
- Motorcycle licenses and registrations must be accessible.
- Bike maintenance must be up-to-date, including working and adequate mufflers, lights, tires, mirrors and brakes.
- Helmets are required except while driving off road.
- Earplugs are prohibited.
- Lane splitting (passing vehicles in the same lane) is prohibited.
- Passenger seats and footrests are required (if applicable).
- No passing in between vehicles where there is not a separate lane.
- Must obey all normal traffic laws.
Every State has a variation on what you can and cannot do whilst riding your motorcycle. Some states require helmets, while others do not. Some allow side riding while others do not. However, to optimize safety and awareness while decreasing your accident potential, make sure you know and obey the motorcycle safety laws wherever your joyride takes you.
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