Riding motorcycles is a real thrill, especially if you’re riding through Alburqueque or another picturesque locale in New Mexico. Whether you’re new to riding or you’re just not sure about the newest rules and regulations, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the unique laws that govern motorcyclists in the state of New Mexico. While it’s true that you still have to abide by all of the normal rules of the road when on a motorbike, there are also additional laws that you must consider every time you ride. 


Failing to abide by these laws could result in a safety hazard or an accident. Getting in an accident on a motorbike is especially worrying because of the lack of protection otherwise offered by a car. If you’ve been injured, you might want to connect with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in motorcycle injuries in order to receive compensation. 


You Still Have to Follow All of the Normal Rules


All drivers of street-legal vehicles in New Mexico must abide by the same basic set of rules, and this includes motorcyclists. You must get the minimum amount of liability insurance, and this includes $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person, $50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons, and $10,000 for property damage in any one accident.


Unique Motorcycle Rules


In addition to all of the regular rules you must follow on the road, there are a number of motorcycle-specific laws to keep in mind:


  • Helmets: Aside from being a logical choice in terms of safety, helmets are required by law in New Mexico for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Eye Protection: If you choose not to wear a helmet and your motorcycle does not have a fixed windshield, then you must wear some kind of eye protection, such as goggles, a visor, or safety glasses. This improves visibility while you ride.
  • Passengers: You cannot carry passengers on your motorcycle unless it was specifically designed to carry more than one person.
  • Headlamps: Your motorcycle must be equipped with between one and two headlamps.
  • Prohibited Bikes: You can’t operate an off-road motorcycle or a trail bike on a New Mexico road or highway. 


Lane Splitting


Weaving between traffic in a motorcycle is not permitted, as this constitutes “lane splitting.” Like most states, New Mexico prohibits lane splitting. This is to protect motorcyclists, as many cars will be completely unaware that you are driving in the same lane as them until it’s too late. That being said, two motorcyclists can drive two abreast in the same lane, as long as both riders consent. 


Getting Legal Help


If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, reach out to the Law Office of Brian K. Branch today and get the compensation you deserve for your injury. 


The Law Office of Brian K Branch

715 Marquette Ave. NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Tel: 505.764.9710

Toll Free: 888.972.1212

Fax: 505.764.9722

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