With spring abound in Anchorage, Alaska, we’ve seen many motorcyclists already taking advantage of the warming weather. As motorcycle injury attorneys in Anchorage, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some of Alaska’s motorcycle laws as the riding season gets under way.
First, lets address the question we hear most frequently: are helmets required for motorcyclists in Alaska? While we strongly recommend helmets to all riders, the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles states that they are only required for:
- Any operator under 18
- Any passenger on a motorcycle, regardless of age
- Anyone with an instruction permit, regardless of age
- Anyone taking a road test for their motorcycle license, regardless of age
Again, as Anchorage motorcycle injury attorneys, we strongly recommend the use of a helmet, even if it is not required for all riders.
Another important reminder is that of headlight use. Daytime headlight use is required by state law, according to the American Motorcycle Association, so be sure to always have your motorcycle’s lights on.
If you are carrying a passenger, you must have a passenger seat and footrest. As aforementioned, your passenger must wear a helmet, regardless of his or her age.
As I’m sure your already aware of, lane splitting is not legal in Alaska. This is a very dangerous maneuver, putting you and other drivers at risk. Unfortunately, we see motorcyclists do this often around Anchorage, cutting past traffic in an impatient manner. Please refrain from lane splitting, as it could be a costly mistake for you and other drivers.
If you have questions about motorcycle laws in Alaska, or have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Anchorage attorney for the help you need.
For more information on motorcycle and motor-driven cycle laws in Alaska, visit the Division of Motor Vehicles website.
To all Alaskan motorcyclists out there, please be safe and enjoy your ride!