Motorcycle Laws & Regulations in Nevada

For motorcycle riders, the rules of the road matter, especially when it comes to safety. At Sam & Ash, LLP, we want to empower motorcyclists to understand the law and their rights. Our dedicated attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims throughout Nevada. We have earned a reputation for looking out for motorcyclists.

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If you have been hurt in a crash, turn to a team of knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers who will fight for What’s Right. Trust Sam & Ash, LLP. For a free case review, call us or contact us online today. We charge no fees unless we win for you, and we’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Nevada Motorcycle Helmet Law

Nevada law requires motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear helmets. These helmets must meet DOT standards and fit the rider so that they function properly in the event of an accident.

How to Get a Motorcycle License in Nevada

A motorcycle license in Nevada is known as a Class M endorsement. To get a Class M endorsement, you need to pass a written test and a skills test from the DMV or take a course certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. If you are 16 or 17, you will also need to have your motorcycle instruction permit for six months, have at least 50 hours of supervised riding under your belt, and complete a motorcycle safety course to get your license.

A Class M endorsement means you are licensed to ride a motorcycle on Nevada roads. Vehicles with three wheels, such as a trike, do not require a special license endorsement. However, motorcycles with a sidecar that provides a third wheel do not fall under this rule and still require a Class M endorsement to operate.

Nevada Motorcycle Equipment Law

Nevada has clear rules about what equipment a motorcycle needs to operate safely. Motorcycles must have these features and equipment:

  • Headlight
  • Taillight
  • Working horn
  • Muffler
  • Brake lights
  • Reflectors
  • Functioning brakes
  • Turn signals for motorcycles made after 1973
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Fenders
  • Footrests

Nevada Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

Motorcycle riders operating in Nevada must meet the state’s minimum insurance requirements. Those minimums follow a 25/50/20 setup. That means that you need a minimum of:

  • $25,000 of bodily injury coverage per person
  • $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident
  • $20,000 of coverage for property damage

These requirements are the same for automobiles.

Nevada Motorcycle Law FAQs

Even knowledgeable riders can get confused about Nevada motorcycle laws. Here are common questions that people have about Nevada motorcycle laws:

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No, lane splitting is not legal in Las Vegas or anywhere else in Nevada.

Yes. Under Nevada law, you and any passengers must wear a helmet when riding the motorcycle.

Penalties for not wearing a helmet could include fines and two demerit points against your license. Local law enforcement organizations determine the amount of the fines. In some locations, this can run into hundreds of dollars.

Not wearing a helmet may affect your claim. When you don’t wear a helmet, you could sustain injuries that you otherwise may not have, or your injuries could be more serious than if you were wearing one. An at-fault party could argue that the types and amounts of any compensation should only cover injuries you would have suffered had you been wearing a helmet.

Yes, in Nevada, a child is allowed to ride on the back of a motorcycle because there is no motorcycle passenger age limit. However, a child will need to have the proper safety equipment as required by law. While there is no minimum legal age for a child to ride on the back of a motorcycle, you should ensure the child will be as secure and safe as possible.

Talk to a Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Now

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Nevada, contact Sam & Ash, LLP today. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from an accident. Our lawyers will provide top-notch legal counsel in fighting for What’s Right for you.

Our Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers offer a free case review and a personalized approach to client service. To learn more about how we can help, call us or contact us online now.