Motorcycle riders crave the freedom of the open road, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to follow the laws regarding their use, the majority of which are enacted with safety in mind. If you like to bike in the Bay State, be sure you are familiar with motorcycle law in Massachusetts before you hit the road.
Motorcycle laws in Massachusetts
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the laws surrounding motorcycle use in the state where you live, as well as states you travel in. Below are some of the key laws regarding motorcycle use in the Commonwealth:
- A Class M license is required to operate a motorcycle.
- You must wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet, as well as protective goggles or a face shield unless your bike has a windshield.
- Your bike’s handlebars can’t be higher than your shoulders when you are seated.
Certain traffic laws for motorcyclists also vary by state. For example, in Massachusetts, it is illegal to split lanes—that is, to drive between two lanes of stopped or slowed traffic. It’s also illegal to ride along pavement lines or in restricted lanes, or to ride more than two motorcycles abreast.
Even when you follow all the motorcycle rules of the road, accidents still happen. Motorcyclists are at greater risk due to their reduced visibility, and injuries sustained are often much worse since riders are more exposed.
While insurance is required in our state, if you only have the minimum required coverage, you may find it doesn’t go far when it comes to the cost of medical care. Talk to your insurance provider to determine the amount of coverage that makes the most sense for you.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident and are not at fault, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to cover expenses for medical care, pain and suffering and other compensations. We have extensive experience in this arena; contact us to determine if you have a case.