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Understanding Arkansas motorcycle laws is crucial for ensuring your safety and compliance on the road. Adhering to these rules can help prevent motorcycle accidents. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a new enthusiast, The Niblock Law Firm is here to help you navigate these regulations, protect your rights as a motorcyclist in Arkansas, and seek compensation in the event of an accident.

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Arkansas Motorcycle Helmet Laws

In Arkansas, motorcycle helmet laws are designed to enhance rider safety. Riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet while operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. However, riders aged 21 and older are not legally required to wear a helmet. 

Why Should You Wear a Helmet?

Even though helmets are not mandatory for riders over 21, wearing one is strongly recommended. Helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets are up to 42% effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities and up to 69% effective in preventing brain injuries.

Other Protective Gear for Motorcyclists

All riders are required to wear eye protection while operating a motorcycle in Arkansas. Besides helmets and eye protection, other protective gear such as gloves, jackets, pants, and boots are crucial for motorcycle safety. These items can protect against abrasions, reduce the risk of severe injuries, and provide better control of the motorcycle.

Licensing Requirements for Arkansas Motorcycle Riders

To legally operate a motorcycle in Arkansas, riders must obtain a Class M license or a motorcycle endorsement on their regular driver’s license. To receive a license, applicants must pass a vision test, a written knowledge test, and a skills test. Class MD licenses offer limited riding privileges and are available for riders ages 14 and 15. Riders under 18 must complete a motorcycle safety course approved by the Arkansas State Police.

Motorcycle Insurance Coverage Laws

Arkansas law mandates that all motorcyclists carry liability insurance. The minimum coverage requirements are:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in an accident.
  • $50,000 for total bodily injury or death per accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident.

Failure to carry the required insurance can result in fines and suspension of your motorcycle registration.

Motorcycle Equipment Laws

To be street legal in Arkansas, motorcycles must meet specific equipment standards. These include:

  • Working headlights, tail lights, and brake lights (Daytime headlights are required)
  • Front and rear brakes
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Horn
  • Muffler to limit noise levels
  • Turn signals

By ensuring your motorcycle complies with these equipment standards, you can ride confidently knowing you are both legally compliant and safer on Arkansas roads.

Motorcycle Passenger Laws

Arkansas law stipulates that passengers on motorcycles must have a designated seat and footrests. Passengers under 21 must wear a helmet. People under the age of 16 are not allowed to carry a passenger, and children under the age of 8 are not permitted to be passengers. No more than two people are allowed on a motorcycle.

Drunk Driving Laws for Motorcyclists

In Arkansas, motorcyclists are subject to the same DUI laws as other drivers. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08%. Penalties for riding under the influence can include fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Repeat offenders face more severe consequences.

What Happens if You’re Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Arkansas?

If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, it’s crucial to understand your rights and legal options. Arkansas follows a fault-based system for motor vehicle accidents, meaning the at-fault party is responsible for damages. Common damages you can claim include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Rights and Legal Options For Injured Arkansas Motorcyclists

Injured motorcyclists have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party. You can file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important to gather evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records, to support your claim.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Understanding Arkansas motorcycle laws and navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be complex. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you understand your rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, contact Niblock Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options.

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