Motorcycle laws can vary from state to state. Find out more about the laws that apply to motorcyclists in Washington State.

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Do You Know Washington State's Motorcycle Laws?

Motorcycle laws can vary dramatically from state to state, making it difficult for motorcyclists and other motorists to know exactly what is, and isn't, allowed. Because traffic accidents tend to be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists—since their gear is the only thing standing between them and serious injury—it's beneficial for both motorcyclists and other motorists to stay up to date with the latest motorcycle laws in the interest of safety. Are you familiar with Washington State's latest motorcycle laws? Read on to find out!

Washington State Motorcycle Laws

Washington State's motorcycle laws cover a lot of ground—from what's required on the motorcycle, to the gear that riders are required to wear and the insurance they are required to carry. Consider the following:

  • Motorcyclists in Washington State are required to wear helmets. However, unlike several other states, Washington does not have restrictions on in-helmet speakers.
  • Washington State law requires motorcycles to have a muffler and two side-view mirrors. Turn signals are only required if they were originally included. Additionally, the motorcycle's handlebar height cannot be higher than 30 inches above the seat.
  • When carrying a passenger, a passenger seat and passenger footrests are required.
  • Washington State does not restrict the use or possession of radar detection devices.
  • State law allows as many as two motorcycles to share a lane.
  • Motorcycles are not permitted to pass vehicles between lanes.
  • Washington State has a maximum sound level for motorcycles of 86 DB measured at 50 feet or 105 DB at 20 inches; however, motorcycles manufactured before 1986 are exempt from this requirement.

Were You Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you were injured in a serious motorcycle accident, your life may have taken an unexpected turn, leaving you to wonder how you'll recover physically, emotionally, and financially. The good news is that you may not have to shoulder this significant burden on your own. If the driver who caused your accident was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, such as past or future medical bills related to the accident, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney can help you strengthen your case and fight for you while you seek the financial award needed to help get your life back on track. Contact Andrew Kim Law Firm's Bellevue office today for an evaluation of your case.