Thousands of motorcycle riders are injured each year, so if you are a motorcyclist or are thinking of becoming one, it is a good idea to understand the law and know your rights as a rider. 

An experienced Frederick accident attorney can help you learn the local rules of the road for motorcycles. Here are a few things you should know before you start the engine:

Who can operate?

Anyone 16 years and older with a valid driver’s license can take the required motorcycle rider test.

Maryland requires potential motorcycle operators under the age of 18 to take a rider education class first. The class is not required for adults 18 and older, but it is highly recommended.

To operate a motorcycle legally in Maryland, you must first pass a motorcycle endorsement test or have a motorcycle endorsement from another state (listed on the back of your driver’s license).

Who can ride?

Maryland has no age restrictions on passengers. This means that a young child can ride as a passenger. However, state law does require that the motorcycle have a passenger seat and a footrest for the passenger. 

What is the Maryland helmet law?

Maryland requires all operators and passengers to wear helmets. Eye protection is also required (this can be met by a helmet with a visor).

What else should I know?

  • Want to listen to music? State law allows helmets that have a speaker in one ear only.
  • Two motorcycles riding next to each other in the same lane (lane sharing) is allowed, but is restricted to no more than two bikes.
  • A motorcyclist may not try to pass another vehicle in the same lane or ride along the line between lanes (lane splitting).

If you or a family member has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation, provided you did not contribute to the cause of the crash. To learn more about your rights, call the skilled Frederick accident attorneys of Nickelsporn and Lundin at 1-800-875-9700.