In Colorado Springs, motorcyclists are held to the same standards as other motor vehicle drivers. They are expected to operate their vehicle safely. They are expected to abide by the same traffic laws and carry a license to operate their motorcycle. If someone is a minor, they are required to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Whether they are driving the motorcycle or a passenger, all minors are required to wear a helmet.
The laws for motorcyclists in Colorado Springs are important to the outcome of an accident case. An attorney could review these requirements with you and determine how they may apply to your lawsuit.
These standards can be enforced criminally and civilly. Criminally would involve enforcement by the police issuing a ticket and carrying it through the district attorney’s office.
As a result, if someone violates a traffic law, then they can get a ticket or jail time, depending on how bad the violation was. For instance, if there was an element of intoxication or if someone caused serious harm or death to another person, then they may suffer a jail time penalty. Civilly would involve monetary damages. In this case, the people who are enforcing this standard are the injured party and their attorney.
In Colorado Springs, no law requires special training for motorcyclists, but an individual should able to operate their motorcycle safely. A good motorcyclist is going to be a defensive driver and understand that motorcycles are harder to see. Motorcyclists should be well-versed in how to operate their motor vehicle in many different types of weather conditions as well as how to act in the event of a motorcycle accident.
Colorado experiences snow, ice, hail, sleet, and rain frequently. Motorcyclists should know what to do in all of these circumstances. During the winter or cold months, there is going to be more sand and gravel on the road, so motorcyclists should be able to know how to handle their motorcycle in these conditions.
A person needs an “M” endorsement on their license to operate a two- or three-wheel motorcycle in the state. This license applies to all public streets or highways. An individual can obtain a motorcycle license at age 16.
Only minors are required to wear a helmet when driving a motorcycle or riding as a passenger in Colorado Springs. Adults are not required to wear helmets on motorcycles.
Wearing a helmet can help protect riders in a motorcycle accident. A helmet protects the head from injuries. These could be superficial injuries like lacerations and road rash or more serious harm to the brain. The helmet can do a lot to protect the rider or the driver of a motorcycle from sustaining those more serious head injuries that someone in an automobile accident may not experience.
The presence of a helmet does not make a personal injury claim harder or easier unless they are a minor. If the claimant is a minor and they were not wearing a helmet, then this can be used against them as contributory or comparative negligence.
Understanding the laws for motorcyclists in Colorado Springs is important for their safety while traveling on the road. Additionally, these regulations could impact the viability of a claim in the event of an accident. To learn more, call today.