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What are some of the important Washington State motorcycle laws?

A: Generally, motorcycle riders in Washington State follow all of the same rules of the road as other motorized vehicles. However, there are a few exceptions. For example, to operate a motorcycle in Washington, you must first have a motorcycle endorsement on your valid drivers' license. To acquire a motorcycle endorsement, you must either pass a motorcycle knowledge test and take a motorcycle riding test or take an approved motorcycle riding course at an approved motorcycle riding school. 

Here are a few other important Washington motorcycle laws:

  • Motorcycle riders of all ages are required to wear a helmet. This includes off-road dirt bike riders and passengers.
  • Motorcycle riders are legally allowed to ride two abreast in a single lane.
  • Motorcycle riders are not lawfully allowed to pass vehicles by using the space between lanes.
  • There are no restrictions regarding helmet speakers or radar detectors, as there are in some other states.
  • Every motorcycle should be equipped with side-view mirrors and turn signals (unless your bike was originally sold without turn signals). Motorcycles carrying passengers must have a seat and footrest for the passenger.
  • Motorcycles are required to have a muffler and cannot produce sounds over a certain noise level.

For more information, contact an experienced Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyer at our office by calling toll free at 1-800-318-0502.