If you ride a motorcycle in Alabama, it is important that you keep a few key motorcycle laws in mind when you take to the state’s roads. Alabama has implemented all of its traffic laws to improve road safety for motorcyclists, motorists and pedestrians, and it is in your best interest to follow them.
Even the safest law-abiding motorcyclists can get in crashes, though, and negligent drivers are behind many of these collisions. If you were in a serious crash that was not your fault, give Morris Bart call. We have a team of more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 law professionals who can help.
Members of our team can evaluate the specific circumstances surrounding your crash and advise you if you may have a valid claim. Call us today at If you have questions about Alabama motorcycle accident laws, call 1-800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment with a Mobile or Birmingham personal injury attorney.
Here are three important Alabama motorcycle laws:
Alabama Helmet Laws
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the federal government controlled helmet laws between 1967 and 1976, during which time the vast majority of states complied. The federal government subsequently repealed this law, and laws regarding the wearing of helmets now fall under state control.
The state of Alabama currently has a universal motorcycle helmet law. This law requires that motorcyclists of all ages wear helmets that have a solid exterior layer and a secured chinstrap. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation reminds readers that helmets can save lives and prevent serious brain injuries, and all research and evidence point to the fact that helmets really do work.
Alabama Motorcycle Passenger Laws
If there is a passenger riding on your bike, Alabama law requires that he or she has a separate seat and dedicated footrests, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Make sure that there is a strap or firm handholds for your passenger to hold onto, as well. The passenger must also have adequate safety equipment, including a solid helmet.
Alabama Lane Sharing Laws
Two motorcycles may share a lane side-by-side, but Alabama law does not allow for more than two to do so. According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, it is unsafe to have more than two motorbikes sharing a single lane side-by-side.
Many motorcyclists around the country practice lane splitting, which is when they travel between two vehicles. Despite it being a widespread practice, this is illegal in many states, including Alabama. Because of the small size of motorcycles, not to mention inattentive drivers, this is a common cause of serious crashes as many drivers fail to check blind spots before changing lanes.
If you were in a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, give Morris Bart, LLC a call. We have a large and experienced team, including a personal-injury lawyer ready to assist you, and we may be able to recover costs and help get your life back on track.
Don’t struggle through your injuries and subsequent medical expenses alone. Call us today at If you have questions about Alabama motorcycle accident laws, call 1-800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment.