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.
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.
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 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.”
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.