Nevada Motorcycle Laws

Hundreds of motorcyclists traverse Nevada’s roads and highways every day. If operated appropriately, riding a motorcycle can be a fun and safe hobby. Unfortunately, other drivers do not always exercise the degree of care that they should while operating their vehicles. This can have devastating consequences for more vulnerable motorcycle riders, so if you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle crash in Nevada, it is critical to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can explain your legal options.

Motorcycle Curfew Law Debunked

Recently, a number of news sources reported that eleven states had agreed to pass and implement a law requiring motorcyclists to adhere to a curfew that barred motorcycle operation between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. According to the article, Nevada was one of the states considering a curfew and would implement the law by July 3, 2016. It was quickly discovered, however, that no such law existed or was even being considered. While motorcyclists in Nevada must adhere to a number of laws and regulations, mandatory curfews are not one of them.

Motorcycle Licenses

In Nevada, residents are required to obtain a valid motorcycle license before they can legally operate their motorcycles. To qualify for a Class M license, a motorcyclist must:

  • Complete an Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office;
  • Provide proof of identity, age, and Social Security Number;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Pass a vision test;
  • Pass a general knowledge test about traffic laws, highway signs, and safe driving practices; and
  • Pass a specific skills test created for motorcyclists.

The motorcycle-specific test includes a pre-trip inspection of the applicant’s motorcycle. The rider must also demonstrate a knowledge of his or her motorcycle’s controls and equipment, including the gear shift, brakes, starter, clutch, ignition, throttle, and choke. The examiner will also perform a cursory safety inspection and ensure that the applicant has a valid registration and insurance.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws In Vegas

Safety Equipment

Riders must always wear helmets in Nevada and if their motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield or windscreen, must also wear a protective shield or goggles. Helmets must also meet Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, which require that helmets weigh at least three pounds and be equipped with a protective inner lining, a secure chin strap, and a manufacturer’s label.

Lane Splitting

In Nevada, lane splitting is not allowed, which means that motorcycle operators are not permitted to ride between moving or stationary vehicles that occupy adjacent lanes. Motorcyclists are also entitled to the full use of their traffic lane and so cannot pass or ride next to another vehicle that is traveling in the same lane. Two motorcycle riders are, however, permitted to share a lane if both parties consent beforehand.

Passenger Regulations

Operators of motorcycles are only legally allowed to carry one passenger. Furthermore, the passenger is only permitted to ride in one of the following positions:

  • Behind the driver and astride a seat designed for two;
  • Astride another seat that is firmly attached behind the driver; or
  • In an attached sidecar.

All motorcycles designed or equipped for a passenger must also have adjustable footrests.

Mandatory Equipment

To legally drive on Nevada roads and highways, operational motorcycles must be equipped with the following parts:

  • At least one, but no more than two headlights;
  • A red taillight that can be seen for 500 feet;
  • A brake light that is visible in daylight up to 300 feet;
  • At least one rear reflector visible for 300 feet when hit by a low beam;
  • Both front and rear brakes;
  • Front and rear electric turn signals on all motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1973;
  • A rear view mirror on each handlebar;
  • Fenders on both the front and back wheels;
  • Adjustable footrests;
  • A horn; and
  • A muffler.

Contact a Dedicated Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Even a rider who follows all safety procedures and laws can become involved in a motorcycle crash, which can result in serious and even life-threatening injuries. Many of these injuries require multiple surgeries, long hospital stays, and expensive physical therapy, the costs of which can quickly overwhelm a victim’s finances. Fortunately, after a wreck, when injured parties can establish that another person’s negligence or recklessness caused or contributed to their accident, they may be able to collect compensation for their losses, so if you were injured or lost a loved one as a result of a motorcycle crash, please contact the Ladah Law Firm at (702) 252-0055 to schedule a free consultation.