7 New Hampshire Laws Motorcycle Riders Or Bikers Need To Be Aware Of

2 Aug 2023  •  2 min read

New Hampshire embraces a spirit of freedom and independence, and the regulations for its motorcycle riders are no different. Our attorneys at InjuredBikerLaw are also experienced riders, as we love to enjoy cruising and taking in the beautiful scenery. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help you every step of the way.

1. Helmet Law:
Motorcycle riders who are 18 years or older are not required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle. However, we strongly encourage all riders to wear helmets to ensure their safety and minimize head trauma in the event of a motorcycle crash.

2. Eye Protection:
According to the New Hampshire law, if the motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield or screen to protect the eyes and face of the rider, they are required to wear eye protection such as goggles or a face shield while the motorcycle is in motion.

3. Handlebar Height:
Excessively tall handlebars on motorcycles are considered unsafe for riders by state agencies. Handlebars cannot exceed the shoulder height of the rider.

4. Loud Exhaust:
Motorcycles can’t exceed 92 decibels when idling, 100 decibels for 3 and 4 cylinder motorcycles at 5,000 RPMs, and 96 decibels for all motorcycles at 2,000 RPMs. Motorcyclists must comply with these state rules to avoid a fine.

5. Lane Splitting:
Lane splitting (riding a motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction) is illegal in the State of New Hampshire, as it is considered extremely unsafe and a common cause of motorcycle accidents.

6. Motorcycle License Endorsement:
Knowing how to safely operate a motorcycle takes special skills. Applicants for a motorcycle license must take a DMV motorcycle skills test and pass a vision test in order to receive a motorcycle license endorsement.

7. Insurance Requirements:
It is common for riders to want the enjoyment of riding in the open road and enjoying the breathtaking scenery of New Hampshire. However, riding a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous, and getting in a motorcycle accident can cause severe injuries to the riders.

Motorcyclists are not required to purchase motorcycle insurance to ride in the State. However, it is strongly encouraged, as even a minor accident could result in serious injuries. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys at InjuredBikerLaw have the experience and knowledge to get you the money you deserve.

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