As a motorcyclist, you’re probably already aware of the need to be on the constant lookout for road hazards and careless drivers. But even the most cautious and experienced motorcycle rider can get hurt when someone else makes a mistake.
So, what happens when you’re injured in an accident? When another party is responsible, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses through an injury claim. However, the success of your claim may depend on the motorcycle laws that apply to your case.
At Olson Law Firm, we have an in-depth knowledge of Wyoming’s motorcycle laws. We leverage the full breadth of our experience, skills, and resources to help people who have been injured in motorcycle crashes across Wyoming. Accidents hurt, and whether you were injured in Cheyenne or elsewhere, we believe that your story matters. We’re ready to stand up for your rights and take the time to understand your challenges and goals so we can effectively pursue the outcome you need.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and you have questions about Wyoming motorcycle laws, get in touch with Olson Law Firm today. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re committed to seeking outstanding results for you. For a free case review, get in touch with us by phone, email, or live chat today.
Wyoming Motorcycle Helmet Law
In Wyoming, any operators or passengers under 18 on a motorcycle must wear a helmet. And that helmet must meet state safety standards. State law does not require riders above the age of 18 to wear a helmet when they’re on the road.
Wyoming Motorcycle Inspection Requirements
The state of Wyoming currently doesn’t have any safety inspection requirements for motorcycles. But a motorcycle brought from out-of-state will need a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection before you can register it with the state.
Wyoming Motorcycle License Requirements
Wyoming has fewer restrictions on motorcycle riders than some other states. But when it comes to licensing, it’s a different story. Like other states, Wyoming has strict rules about who can get a motorcycle license. To get a full motorcycle license, you must meet specific requirements, such as:
- You must be 16.5 years and have completed driver’s education, or be 17 years old.
- You must meet vision screening tests with at least 20/40 vision in both eyes.
- You must pass a written skills test.
- You must pass an on-road skills test that shows skills such as acceleration, braking, and adjusting to traffic.
Wyoming Motorcycle Registration Information
To register a motorcycle in Wyoming, you’ll need to complete some paperwork and gather basic information. For new motorcycles purchased in Wyoming, you’ll likely need the title, a bill of sale, and proof of insurance.
For used motorcycles, you may need to provide the title, bill of sale, a VIN inspection, and proof of insurance. If you bought your motorcycle out-of-state in a state where certain motorcycles don’t have titles, you’ll need a bill of sale and registration information, a VIN inspection, and proof of insurance.
Wyoming Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Law
While lane-splitting is popular with some motorcycle riders, it’s not allowed in Wyoming. Under Wyo. Stat. § 31-5-115, lane-splitting is not allowed. That statute states that motorcycles aren’t allowed between lanes of traffic or between rows of vehicles. Violation of this law can result in fines and create many complications for a motorcycle accident claim.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Wyoming
For most accidents in Wyoming, you’ll have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. But keep in mind that some exceptions and alternative rules exist.
For example, if someone passes away because of a motorcycle accident, then you may have two years from the date of death to bring an action. There may be some circumstances that affect these deadlines even further.
Make sure you understand what rules apply in your case by talking to a knowledgeable attorney before it’s too late.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycles can be fun to ride on Wyoming’s roads. But operating a motorcycle can come with dangers too. When you’re riding a motorcycle, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Keep an eye on the weather. Dangerous weather can spring up quickly in Wyoming, making your trip potentially more hazardous. Try to avoid driving in inclement weather whenever possible.
- Don’t ride a motorcycle when you’re tired. When people get on the road, they may feel fine, but that can change quickly. If you start to feel tired, take a break and get some rest.
- Make yourself visible. Many motorcycle accidents happen because other drivers don’t see the motorcycle. Reflective clothing and lights can help make others aware of your presence.
- Watch your speed. Speeding is a common cause of accidents, particularly when motorcycles are involved. Obey any speed limits and ensure you aren’t going too fast for conditions.
- Monitor the surroundings and the road ahead. Too many drivers stop paying attention when they get behind the wheel. But motorcyclists can’t afford to be careless. Continuously monitor your surroundings and watch out for problems.
- Leave space around you. Space is a motorcyclist’s friend. When you leave a cushion between you and other vehicles, it gives you and other drivers more time to react in an emergency.
- Wear safety equipment, such as a helmet, eye protection, and appropriate clothing. This gear can provide life-saving protection during and after an accident.
- Don’t split lanes. Lane-splitting is dangerous and illegal under Wyoming law, and can put your life at risk.
- Practice skills and stay up-to-date. Practice makes perfect. When you practice your motorcycle riding skills or take ongoing motorcycle safety training, you’re helping to keep yourself safe on the road.
Talk to a Wyoming Motorcycle Lawyer Now
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Wyoming, get in touch with Olson Law Firm today. We’ll make it our mission to help you through this challenging time as we aggressively pursue the financial recovery you deserve.
Serving clients throughout Wyoming from our office in Cheyenne, we’re ready to help you. From listening to you and answering your questions to advocating for your rights, we’ll be here every step of the way.
Learn more about how we can help you. Get in touch with us today for your free case review.