According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) all motorcycle drivers must obey all the same traffic laws as other motor vehicles on the roadways. Because those laws vary from state to state, make sure you’re aware of Colorado laws so you can ride safely and legally.
The minimum safety standards for motorcycles in Colorado include the following: Although helmets are proven to save lives, riders age 18 and over are not required to wear helmets in Colorado. However, if the motorcycle operator or passengers are under age 18, they must wear DOT-approved helmets. In 2006, 65% of fatally injured motorcycle riders were not wearing a helmet in states without all-rider helmet laws, compared with only 13% in states with all-rider helmet laws. (NHTSA, 2007)
Our Colorado motorcycle accident lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm can provide further information regarding what is expected of you as a motorcyclist and can answer any questions you may have. Call us toll free at (877) 846-4878 or click here for a free consultation form.
How do I obtain a Motorcycle License?
You must have the proper endorsement on your driver’s license. The general motorcycle endorsement “M” qualifies you to ride a 2- or 3-wheel motorcycle. Scooters and other low-power vehicles under 50cc or that have a speed capacity less than 40 mph do not qualify as motorcycles in Colorado. However, you must have at least a basic driver’s license to operate them.
- You must be at least 16 years old.
- You must pass a written examination at the local driver license office.
- You must complete an on-bike skills test.
Since 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has set internationally recognized standards of excellence in motorcycle rider education and training. CDOT administers an MSF-approved program called MOST: Motorcycle Operator Safety Training. This is, according to CDOT, the best option for getting a motorcycle endorsement. Riders who pass a MOST class can simply take their completion card to a state driver’s license office to get an endorsement with no further testing needed.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, all the experienced Colorado motorcycle accident lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm, toll free, at (877) 846-4878 for a free initial consultation or click here for a free consultation form.