Motorcycles are one of the most exciting and thrilling modes of transportation. However, they are also one of the most dangerous.
Whether you are an avid motorcycle rider or someone looking to get your license, it is important to have a basic understanding of motorcycle laws and regulations so that you can stay safe.
Motorcycle Laws and Safety Requirements in Alabama: An Overview
Before you get out on the road, it’s important to be familiar with relevant Alabama motorcycle laws and regulations.
Do You Need a Motorcycle License in Alabama?
A question that people frequently ask is, “Do you need a motorcycle license in Alabama?” The short answer is yes.
Until recently, the state of Alabama did not require a special license in addition to a regular driver license) to operate a motorcycle. Now, however, you must obtain a Class M license.
How to Get a Motorcycle License in Alabama
The process of obtaining a motorcycle license in Alabama is relatively simple if you know where to start.
To obtain a Class M motorcycle license in Alabama, you must:
- Be age 14 or above for a restricted Class M license, or age 16 or above for a non-restricted Class M license;
- Pass a motorcycle knowledge test designated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; or
- Complete a motorcycle safety course offered by the Alabama Motorcycle Safety Program.
Once you complete the requirements, you will be granted the same rights as a driver of any other vehicle on the road.
Motorcycle Helmet Requirements
Under Alabama law, you must wear a protective helmet while riding your motorcycle. Your helmet must:
- Be specifically designed for motorcycle rider and passenger use;
- Have a hard exterior shell of non-shatterable material;
- Have a firmly secured shock absorbent cradle for the head to support the helmet and maintain separation between the head and exterior shell;
- Contain impact-resistant, absorbent padding or cushioning material; and
- Have a permanently attached adjustable chin strap to hold the helmet in place, which the rider must have on at all times while the motorcycle is in motion.
It is important to follow these requirements. Failure to comply with these regulations is not only dangerous, but also subjects you to a fine of up to $100 and up to 180 days in the county jail.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Alabama
If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a motorcyclist in Alabama, or if you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact an attorney today.
While hiring an attorney may not be the first thing on your mind after an accident, an experienced lawyer can be extremely beneficial to your case.
Having an attorney in your corner can be crucial in your fight to get the compensation you need to recover, so don’t wait. The motorcycle attorneys at the Fob James Law Firm has been helping motorcyclists in Alabama for years, and we hope we can do the same for you.
Contact us today, online or by phone at (205) 407-6009, to discuss your case and see how we can help.