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Colorado Motorcycle Laws

Posted on: October 2nd, 2020

Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, but it can also be very dangerous. The lack of protection afforded by these vehicles means that riders often sustain catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident. For this reason, it’s crucial that you ride safely and always adhere to Colorado motorcycle laws.

We’ve provided the following overview of state mandated laws governing the use of motorcycles. If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, Mr. Pushchak is here to answer your questions and review your case during a free initial consultation.

Motorcycle Equipment Laws

Colorado Motorcycle Laws - Tips from Brian Pushchak LawColorado has established the following equipment laws for motorcycles:

Protective Gear

By law, wearing a DOT-approved helmet is mandatory for all riders and passengers under the age of 18. While helmets are optional for individuals age 18 and over, they are strongly recommended as an important safety feature. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, helmets have been found to significantly reduce fatalities in motorcycle accidents.

In addition, eye protection is required for all riders and passengers on a motorcycle. In Colorado, the following protection is considered acceptable:

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is illegal in Colorado. There are two different actions that are considered lane splitting:

Both of those actions are illegal. However, it is legal for a motorcycle to share a lane with another motorcycle or “co-ride” with one other motorcycle.

Motorcycle Passengers

Motorcycle passengers must either:

There are no age restrictions regarding motorcycle passengers in Colorado.

Colorado Motorcycle Licenses

To operate a motorcycle in Colorado, you must have a valid state driver’s license and then add a motorcycle endorsement to your license. This isn’t a separate license; it’s just an addendum to your regular driver’s license that demonstrates you’ve completed the requirements to safely operate a motorcycle.

There are two different motorcycle endorsements:

Your motorcycle endorsement can be obtained in one of the following ways:

Pushchak Law Can Help

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, Pushchak Law can help. Mr. Pushchak has made motorcycle accident cases a primary focus of his practice. He understands the complexities associated with these claims, and he’ll fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve. You can learn about your legal rights and options by speaking with Mr. Pushchak in person.

Please contact Pushchak Law today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Denver and throughout Colorado.

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