North Carolina State Motorcycle Laws

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North Carolina State Motorcycle Laws

Karney Law, a motorcycle accident law firm, understands the importance of safety and North Carolina motorcycle laws.


If a motorcyclist is moving to the state of North Carolina or is planning to ride through the Tar Heel state on a trip, there are several laws that need to be considered.


A motorcycle license is required and if a motorcyclist has a motorcycle endorsement on the license from another state, that endorsement will be honored by North Carolina authorities. If they do not have a current endorsement, one must be obtained by the biker.


A motorcycle learner’s permit is available for those just getting started. To obtain this permit, a would be motorcyclist must pass a vision test and test of motorcycle laws and knowledge. In order to obtain a full license, all of these tests must be passed, in addition to a driving test that is administered on an off-road course.


Everyone who operates a motorcycle in North Carolina is required to have a liability insurance policy in place. There are minimum coverage limits and the operators must carry proof of insurance with them whenever they are driving. Other types of insurance are not required. However, additional insurance coverage to ensure you are protected in an accident is highly recommended.


Motorcycles must be registered with the state and have a license plate fixed to the back of the bike. Before a motorcycle may be registered, it must pass a state safety inspection. The state has several important safety rules for all those riding in North Carolina. In 2008, North Carolina changed its law and now requires that all motorcycle drivers and passengers wear an approved helmet. Bikers face shields and eye goggles are not required, however, they are recommended by the state. Unfortunately, each year thousands of motorcycle riders are injured in a motorcycle accident. Learn about additional protective gear that bikers can use while riding.


All motorcyclists must have their headlights turned on when on the road whether it is day or night and modulating headlights are allowed. If a passenger is on the motorcycle there must be a separate passenger seat and the passenger must also have their own footrests available. When riding with a passenger, there are proper procedures in carrying a passenger on your motorcycle making sure the journey ends as happy as it began.


There are a couple of other safety restrictions for motorcycles. They must have at least one rear view mirror and mufflers are required on all bikes. The muffler must be the same type that was installed at the factory.


Finally, while riding in the beautiful state of  North Carolina, bikers should  be aware that no more than two motorcycles may ride abreast in a lane. Also, North Carolina allows bikers to advance through a red light if they have been stopped for longer than three minutes.


If you or a loved one has been injured, legal guidance and timing are critical. Contact Karney Law Firm, a NC motorcycle accident lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing injured bikers.

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