A Guide to Colorado's Motorcycle Passenger Laws

A Guide to Colorado’s Motorcycle Passenger Laws

A Guide to Colorado’s Motorcycle Passenger Laws

Motorcycle riding in Colorado is a thrilling and popular activity, but it also comes with its own set of rules and regulations. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2022, 149 motorcyclists lost their lives on Colorado roads, making up 20% of the state’s total traffic fatalities. This is a staggering number, considering that motorcycles only represent 3% of the state’s vehicle registrations. 

At Mintz Law Firm, we handle personal injury cases for victims injured in a range of incidents, including motorcycle accidents. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for legal assistance. 

Who Can Ride as a Passenger?

In Colorado, anyone can ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, regardless of age. However, the person operating the motorcycle must have a valid driver’s license with the appropriate motorcycle endorsement. This endorsement shows that the driver has passed specific tests related to safely operating a motorcycle. Importantly, the driver must be at least 16 years old to legally carry a passenger. 

Furthermore, it’s important for motorcycle operators, especially younger ones with permits, to understand that certain supervision requirements might restrict their ability to carry passengers. This means that riders who are still under permit conditions may not be allowed to have a passenger. 

What Equipment is Required?

Ensuring you have the right equipment is key to safely enjoying Colorado’s roads with a passenger. Firstly, your motorcycle must be equipped with a designated seat for your passenger. Both the passenger and the driver cannot share the same seat, even if it seems like they can comfortably fit together.

On top of that, eye protection is non-negotiable for everyone on the motorcycle. This rule stands regardless of whether your bike has a windshield. The Colorado State Patrol highlights that a helmet visor offers the best eye protection. However, if you don’t have a visor, safety glasses or goggles will do the job too. 

Understanding Colorado’s Helmet Laws

In the past year, out of 148 motorcycle fatalities in Colorado, 75 involved individuals not wearing helmets, highlighting the importance of helmet use. By law, every motorcycle driver and passenger under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet that meets the Department of Transportation’s standards. 

These helmets come with necessary safety features such as a chin strap, lining, and padding, ensuring a correct and secure fit. While it’s not mandatory for riders over 18 to wear a helmet, wearing one is strongly encouraged for enhanced safety.

How Is Motorcycle Accident Liability Determined?

In Colorado, determining liability after a motorcycle accident involves understanding the state’s modified comparative negligence doctrine. This legal principle allows you to file a claim for compensation even if you’re found partly at fault for the accident or your injuries. However, the compensation you may receive will be adjusted based on your share of fault. For example, if you’re found to be 20% responsible for the accident, any financial award you’re eligible for would be reduced by that same percentage.

This is why it’s so important to get help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you understand how the specifics of Colorado’s laws apply to your situation and ensure you’re not left navigating the complexities of motorcycle accident claims alone.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact Mintz Law Firm Today

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, reaching out for legal help is your next step towards recovery. At Mintz Law Firm, we understand the complexities of motorcycle accident claims and are dedicated to providing you with the support you need. 

Call us at (303) 462-2999 or fill out our contact form to get started. Our experienced team is ready to guide you through the legal process, aiming to secure the compensation you deserve. Let us take on the legal challenges while you focus on healing.

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