Arizona Motorcycle Laws You Need To Be Aware Of

shutterstock_42115975Many Mesa residents do not realize that our law firm handles motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles operate on two or three wheels without seatbelts, enclosure and airbags, the inherent risks to a biker are much more numerous than those that threaten automobile operators. Because a motorcyclist is more likely to be injured severely and total their vehicle in an accident than a car driver is, it is important for bikers to do everything they can to receive proper compensation for vehicle loss and medical bills.

What is Arizona Doing to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents?
Arizona has eight sections of revised statutes that pertain specifically to motorcycle operation safety and regulations. Unfortunately, many riders disregard these laws. If it can be proven that you were breaking the law at the time of your accident, it could impact your case. Be informed and prevent yourself from discrediting any potential injury claim case you may encounter in case of an accident in the future.

What NOT to do:

  • Lane Splitting – Arizona law forbids any scenario in which a motorcycle (or any other automobile) invades an occupied lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle. This also pertains to smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, riding in between two lanes of traffic. While legal in California, Lane Splitting is not allowed in Arizona.
  • Illegal Muffler Modification – Arizona Revised Statutes establish that muffler modification by means of cutting out, bypassing or using a device in place of the muffler is subject to city police and highway patrol interference and fines. The noise is a road hazard and can be distracting to other drivers.
  • Awkward Handlebar Positioning – Arizona’s law is even specific enough to require that motorcyclists be able to reach out and use the handlebars no higher than shoulder height while seated on the vehicle. If the bars are higher than the operator’s shoulders, it can lead to difficulty steering and pose a safety risk on roadways. This law applies to all motorcycles including all-terrain vehicles.

What is Acceptable?

  • Dual Riders in Same Lane – ARS 28-903C allows motorcycle operators to ride side by side with one other motorcyclist in a lane of traffic. Allow enough room between the vehicles for maneuvering for any scenario though!
  • Motorcycle License or Certification from Other States – Arizona law enforcement cannot fine you for not having Arizona’s Class M License because Arizona accepts appropriate documentation from other state’s officials validating your ability to operate a motorcycle. Acceptable licenses or certifications include:
    • Motorcycle-specific license distributed by another state’s motor vehicle division
    • RiderEd Completion Card from another state

SGP Law is dedicated in providing Arizona motorists the information they need to ensure they are driving well on Arizona roads. Check out more driving tips here!

Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC is a law firm based in Mesa, Arizona. Our team of lawyers have studied and applied Arizona law in a wide variety of personal injury cases so schedule your free consultation via phone today!