Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Apr 24, 2017 in Motorcycle Accidents
North Carolina has several laws governing the use of motorcycles on our state's roadways.
You should review them before you hit the road to make sure you are not engaging in any illegal conduct.
Following these laws can also help prevent motorcycle accidents that could result in death or severe injury.
All North Carolina motorcyclists are required to have a motorcycle endorsement on their regular, commercial or full provisional license before riding in the state. Motorcyclists must pass four tests to earn this endorsement:
Motorcyclists may obtain their learner permit for 12 months prior to taking the required tests to obtain an endorsement on their license. You will have to successfully complete the vision test, traffic signs test and motorcycle knowledge written test to acquire your permit.
Permits may be renewed for a period of six months.
It is illegal for anyone to ride a motorcycle on a North Carolina highway or public vehicular area without wearing a helmet that complies with testing and labeling requirements in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218, according to North Carolina General Statute 20-140.4.
Under FMVSS 218, helmets should have the U.S. Department of Transportation symbol permanently displayed on the back. Helmets should also have the model, size, year of manufacture, and type of shell materials sewn or glued into the interior of the helmet.
North Carolina law also requires that the chin strap of your helmet be securely fastened.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets saved approximately 1,630 lives in 2013. The CDC also found that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and reduce the risk of death in a motorcycle crash by 37 percent.
North Carolina law states motorcycles are entitled to the full use of a traffic lane. No other vehicle shall obstruct the motorcycle’s full use of the lane, other than another motorcyclist riding two abreast in a single lane.
The statute also says that:
Any motorcycle driving in or through North Carolina must be street legal by the state’s standards. This means that motorcycles must be equipped with:
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call The Nye Law Group for assistance. We may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.