A List of Important North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Laws

There are a number of safety laws in place North Carolina motorcyclists must follow when they take the open road. Here are a few of the most important ones you should be aware of:

  • Safety helmets: All motorcyclists are required under state law to wear helmets at all times.
  • Eye protection: Not required, but certainly encouraged.
  • Passenger age: No restrictions in North Carolina.
  • Helmet speakers: No restrictions in North Carolina.
  • Mirrors: All motorcycles must have at least one mirror under state law.
  • Headlights: Motorcyclists must have a headlight on in daytime at all times, and modulating headlights are permitted.
  • Turn signals: Turn signals are not required under state law, but highly encouraged.
  • Handlebars: No restrictions in North Carolina.
  • Muffler: The muffler or similar exhaust system should be in good working order and remain in constant operation to prevent any unusual or excessive noise. Cutting out the muffler is prohibited.
  • Noise restrictions: No restrictions in North Carolina.
  • Riding two abreast in lanes: All motorcycles are entitled to the full use of their lane, and no other motor vehicle shall be driven in a way that deprives the motorcycle of that full use. Although motorcycles can be operated two abreast in a single lane, state law prohibits any more than two abreast in one lane.
  • Lane splitting: There is no reference to lane splitting in North Carolina law.
  • Insurance: Insurance companies can apply to the Insurance Bureau for a discount for graduates of rider education courses.

For more information on North Carolina motorcycle laws, speak with a skilled personal injury attorney at Lanier Law Group.

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