Nevada Motorcycle Safety Laws
Insight from a Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In order to drive a motorcycle in the state of Nevada, you have to meet
certain requirements in addition to following the rules of the road. According
to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, there are licensing requirements,
helmet laws, and even safety equipment regulations every driver must comply
with. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, your compliance with
the state's laws could factor into your case. For example, if you
were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, then you may be
labeled partially liable for your injuries. A
Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer from Shook & Stone can walk you through the Nevada motorcycle safety
laws and explain your rights to you.
Motorcycle Licensing in Las Vegas, NV
In some states, drivers who already have standard licenses to drive can
take a test to receive a motorcycle endorsement. In Nevada, you must be
issued a license called the Class M driver license which can be added
to your current driver license. To get this Class M license, you must
either enroll yourself in an approved course and pass the course or you
can request a written and skills test with the Nevada DMV. If you choose
to take the course, you will not be required to take the DMV tests. In
Nevada, courses are offered at the College of Southern Nevada. Without
a Class M license, you cannot legally operate a motorcycle on a public
road or highway.
Nevada Motorcycle Helmet Law
In Nevada, all motorcyclists are required by law to wear a helmet while
riding their bike on a road or highway. The helmet must fit all standards
detailed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. There is only one exception
to this rule: you do not have to wear a helmet for operating a motorcycle
with less than two horsepower or that can travel faster than 30mph.
Motorcycle Equipment Requirements: NRS § 486.181-361
Motorcycle equipment and safety requirements are detailed in the Nevada
Revised Statutes § 486.181 through § 486.361. It is illegal
to operate a motorcycle with more than one passenger if the vehicle is
not equipped for it. If there is room for a passenger, then the passenger
has to ride behind the driver with their feet on their own footrests.
A driver's handlebars are not allowed to be higher than a driver's
shoulders when seated on the bike. A motorcycle must have at least one,
but not more than two head lamps. Any motorcycle manufactured after 1973
must be equipped with turn signals. There are also requirements for brakes,
reflectors, tail lights, protective gear and more. One of the most important
statutes for motorcyclists is § 486.331 which states: "A person
driving a motorcycle upon a highway is entitled to all the rights and
subject to all the duties applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles
as provided by law."
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Contact Shook & Stone!
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, be sure
to contact a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney from Shook & Stone.
Our law firm has been fighting for the injured since 1997 and can fight
to see that you get maximum financial compensation for your accident.
After your accident, you may have been cited by a law enforcement officer
for violation of a Nevada traffic code. Because this could factor into
your motorcycle accident claim, it is important to seek legal counsel.
No matter how complex your case may seem, you can trust Shook & Stone
to provide exceptional representation.