Important North Carolina Motorcycle Laws

Below you will find links to some of the important North Carolina motorcycle laws.

North Carolina General Statute 20-7 discusses the license requirements for a motorcycle driver in North Carolina.

North Carolina General Statute 20-16 discusses the point values for various offenses involving the use of a motor vehicle including a motorcycle.

North Carolina General Statute 20-124 requires that every motorcycle have at least one brake which may be operated by hand or foot.

North Carolina General Statute 20-126 requires that any motorcycle driven on the streets or highways of North Carolina be equipped with a rearview mirror that provides an unobstructed view of at least 200 feet to the rear of the motorcycle.

North Carolina General Statute 20-129 requires that every motorcycle have at least one working headlamp which is illuminated at all times while the motorcycle is in operation on a roadway.

North Carolina General Statute 20-140.4 limits the number of people that can ride on a motorcycle or moped to the number of people that the motorcycle or moped was designed to carry.  This statute also requires that all people on the motorcycle or moped wear a safety helmet that complies with federal law.

North Carolina General Statute 20-146.1 states that a motorcycle is entitled to the full use of a lane of travel.  This statute also allows motorcycles to ride two abreast but not more than two abreast.

North Carolina General Statute 20-158 allows a motorcycle to proceeed through a red light under limited circumstances.  This statute is meant to serve as a defense to any citation issued to a motorcyclist for proceeding through a red light that qualifies under the statute.

If you or a family member have been involved in a North Carolina motorcycle accident and you have questions about North Carolina motorcycle laws, please call the North Carolina motorcycle lawyers at Hendren & Malone for a free consultation.

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