Utah Motorcycle Laws: Helmets, Turn Signals, and More

Riding a motorcycle is a fun and exciting way to travel anywhere, especially in a scenic state like Utah. However, it is also one of the more risky forms of transportation. Because of this, there are many specific laws governing motorcycles. If you currently ride a motorcycle, or are thinking about starting, it is important to be familiar with these laws. At Christensen & Hymas, we strive to promote road safety for all types of drivers in Utah. This post outlines some of the most important Utah motorcycle laws.

The Basics of Utah Motorcycle Laws

As with all vehicles, there are many laws concerning motorcycles in Utah. Here are some of the most basic and fundamental Utah motorcycle laws.

  • Headgear

Surprisingly, it is not required by law that adults wear helmets on motorcycles. However, if you are under the age of 18, you are required to wear protective headgear. No matter your age, wearing a helmet is a good idea. In the case of an accident, head injuries can kill — and if they don’t, you may be left with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

  • Traffic Rules

Motorcyclists are required to follow all the same traffic laws as drivers, but there are a few that are motorcycle-specific. If you would like to know more about the specific regulations for motorcyclists, you can find everything you need to know in the Motorcycle Operator Manual. Here are a few important things to know:

  • Motorcyclists can use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
  • A motorcycle must signal turns at least two seconds before turning
  • Motorcyclists cannot ride between lanes of traffic or rows of vehicles
  • A motorcyclist can only carry a passenger if the bike is designed to do so
  • Motorcyclists cannot carry anything that prevents them from keeping both hands on the handlebars
  • A motorcyclist must change lanes to pass a vehicle in front of them

Utah Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Being aware of Utah motorcycle laws is important, especially if you are injured and find yourself facing an accident case. Fortunately, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas can help you in this situation. We regularly help injured motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve in accident cases. If you have been injured on your motorcycle because of someone else’s negligence, please contact us today! We can build you a strong case.

You can also learn more about accident law by reading our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Utah Accident Case. This book explains the most important parts of accident claims in simple English. Order your absolutely free copy today by clicking on the title above!

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Russ Hymas
Managing Partner at Christensen & Hymas
Russ Hymas is the managing partner at Christensen & Hymas. He promotes awareness of legal issues and drives positive change in the cycling community.

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