Want to hit the open road on the two wheels of a motorcycle in the state of Mississippi? Before you drive off into the sunset, get to know some important Mississippi motorcycle laws and safety regulations.
You must be licensed to operate a motorcycle:
If you live in Mississippi, get a Mississippi motorcycle endorsement. According to Mississippi Code Annotated Section 63-1-6, no person shall drive or operate a motorcycle without first obtaining an operator’s license that includes a motorcycle endorsement. In order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, you must first hold a valid Mississippi driver’s license. Then you can get a temporary motorcycle permit. After further testing and inspection of your bike, you can obtain a 4- or 8-year motorcycle endorsement.
You must be properly equipped:
- Every motorcycle MUST be equipped with at least one, but no more than two, headlamps that comply with the levels of lighting required by all motor vehicles. (MS Code Annotated Section 63-7-13)
- Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one brake, which may be operated by hand or foot. (MS Code Annotated Section 63-7-51)
- No person shall operate or ride any motorcycle unless wearing a crash helmet that complies with the minimum guidelines of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pursuant to federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218. (MS Code Annotated Section 63-7-84)
You must follow all safety guidelines:
- The state of Mississippi takes motorcycle safety seriously. In fact, if a person purchases a motorcycle from a retailer, Mississippi law requires that $50 of the amount paid for the bike goes to the Mississippi Trauma Care Systems Fund.
- Mississippi requires riders to know and follow the safety guidelines in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Motorcycle Operator Manual.
Want to read further about how to avoid a motorcycle accident? Check out this article from Ride Apart about common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them. If you have been the victim of a negligent driver in a motorcycle accident in Mississippi, our experienced accident attorneys can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses and aggressively fight for the maximum compensation you may deserve. We serve clients in the Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and Pascagoula metropolitan areas.