Motorcycle Traffic Fines
Between 2001 and 2008 the Center for Disease Control estimated that more than 1.2 million people visited the emergency room to receive treatment motorcycle accident-related injuries. Furthermore, between 2001 and 2008 the number of persons treated for motorcycle injuries each year grew by 45%.
Motorcycle accidents can be very serious and although motorists should share the road with motorcyclists, it is also important that motorcycle riders follow the rules of the road to avoid being involved in a collision.
Specifically in Connecticut, the Department of Transportation notes that in 2008 more than 1,500 motorcycle accidents were reported throughout the state. Of these accidents 75% resulted in injuries and an additional 3.4% were fatal.
In Connecticut there are a number of laws set in place to lessen the risk of riders and motorists being involved in a motorcycle accident. Failing to follow such regulations can often result in motorcycle fines and the heightened risk of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a free evaluation of your motorcycle accident claim, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right – your information will remain completely confidential.
Connecticut Motorcycle License Laws
In order to legally operate a motorcycle in the state a driver must have an “M” endorsement on their Connecticut motor vehicle license. Riders have the option of getting a learner’s permit prior to the endorsement so that they get accustomed to riding the bike.
In order for a rider to be fully endorsed though they must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license, pass a motorcycle knowledge and vision test, and pass a novice motorcycle-training course approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Proof of the course must be shown at the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to get the motorcycle endorsement.
If a rider fails to have the proper endorsement Connecticut law indicates that the first offense could result in a fine between $150 and $200, up to 90 days in jail, and license suspension.
Connecticut Motorcycle Fines
A person who manages to get their endorsement needs to follow the rules set forth by the Connecticut government in order to avoid being fined. Each state’s laws differ and if a rider decides to travel to another state and ride their motorcycle they need to be sure they check what that particular state’s rules and regulations are.
Some common Connecticut motorcycle fines include:
Use of a Helmet – Riders and passengers under the age of 18 must be wearing protective headgear, failure to do so results in a $90 fine.
Eye Protection – Unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield all drivers must wear protective eyewear such as glasses or goggles. A fine for this is $50.
Lane Splitting, Headlamps, etc. – Under Chapter 248 Sec. 14-289b of Connecticut statutes – several other laws on the operation of motorcycles are explained. Motorcycle riders may not ride two abreast, they may not operate between lanes of traffic, and anyone operated a motorcycle manufactured after 1980 must use have the bike’s headlamp on while in operation.
Passenger Rules – If carrying a passenger there must be a passenger seat and footrests, failure to abide by these rules is an could result in a fine.
State Insurance Requirements – According to Connecticut Judicial Department data between 2005 and 2007 there were more than 68,230 instances of a person being cited for no proof of insurance. Under Connecticut law a person may be fined $35 for not having proof of insurance. However a driver who knowingly operates a vehicle without insurance could be charged with a felony and be fined up to $5,000 for the offense.
Other laws apply for the use of side-view mirrors, maximum sound level, and the height of the motorcycle’s handlebars. The specific amount of fine a person may be charged is not necessarily listed but a motorcyclist should expect to be pulled over should they fail to meet the state’s guidelines.
Contact our New Haven Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Laws are set into place to protect all motorists whether they are operating a car, truck, or motorcycle. When a driver fails to follow the rules of the road the consequences can be very serious and frustrating to those involved in a collision when they were abiding the law.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident by a negligent driver, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience in helping personal injury victims. We can help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation and help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have several offices located throughout Connecticut and are pleased to serve the following cities:
- New Haven
…and many more. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers, contact us at 1-800-PERKINS (1-203-397-1283). Our intake staff members are ready to connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.
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