Motorcycle laws differ from state to state, and it’s important that riders within the state of Illinois are familiar with the specific motorcycle laws that apply in that state so that they can avoid getting pulled over, being ticketed for a traffic offense and potentially getting points added to their driver’s license. Some of the specific elements of Illinois motorcycle laws are as follows:
- Riders are not required to wear safety helmets.
- Daytime use of headlights is required (per Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 12-1201(a)).
- Use of goggles or some other form of eye protection is required unless a motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen (per Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1404).
- Handlebar grips must be below a rider’s head (per Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1403(c)).
- Riders are only allowed to have helmet speakers for communications purposes (per Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1403.3)
- Lane splitting to pass other vehicles is prohibited (per Illinois Vehicle Code, 11-703).
- There is no specific prohibition regarding “co-riding” (i.e., two motorcycles riding alongside each other within a single lane).
- There is no age restriction regarding motorcycle passengers.
- Motorcycles must be equipped with footrests for passengers if carrying passengers (per Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1405).
St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that may have been caused by another driver’s negligence, contact the St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including motorcycle accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.