Motorcycle Laws in Arizona | Phillips Law Group
- Home / Motorcycle Accidents /
- Motorcycle Laws in Arizona | Phillips Law Group
November 10, 2017
Motorcycles are popular vehicles that offer operators and riders freedom and mobility, and it’s important to know the motorcycle laws in Arizona if you’re looking to take to the open road on one of these vehicles.
Sadly, there were a total of 2,594 motorcycle accidents in Arizona in 2021, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)’s Crash Facts data. It will take more drivers knowing the motorcycle laws in Arizona and respecting each other to potentially lower that number.
Like other states, Arizona has a series of laws that are designed to protect motorcycle operators and passengers from the dangers of traveling on this type of vehicle.
Our Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about Arizona’s motorcycle laws and can discuss them with you during a free confidential consultation if you were injured in an accident.
Requirements for Obtaining a Motorcycle Endorsement
To get a valid license to operate a motorcycle in Arizona, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have a learner’s permit for at least six months if under 18 years old
- Complete a motorcycle driver safety program that the Motor Vehicle Division Approves or submit a certified form from a parent or guardian that states that the applicant has at least 30 hours of driving practice
Like other license requirements in Arizona, a person who wants to acquire a class M endorsement must pass a written test, medical screening, and vision screening.
A class M license is required to legally operate a motorcycle in Arizona. Licensed drivers can also receive a class M endorsement on their current license.
Arizona Helmet Law
According to Arizona’s motorcycle helmet law Arizona Revised Statute § 28-964, all motorcycle riders and passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet.
There are two types of helmets motorcyclists can choose from: three-quarter and full face. However, you must ensure the helmet is designed to meet U.S. Department of Transportation and state standards or contain a label from the Snell Memorial Foundation.
The helmet should also fit snugly and all the way around the motorcyclist’s head. Additionally, the helmet should have no obvious defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps.
Other Safety Equipment
Additionally, motorcycle operators are required by Arizona law to wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield or to have a protective windshield installed on the motorcycle.
The motorcycle should also be equipped with a rearview mirror, a seat, headlamps, and footrests. If a passenger rides on the motorcycle, there must also be a seat and footrests for the passenger.
Motorcycle Passenger Law
Arizona law requires the installation of certain motorcycle parts if a passenger is riding on the motorcycle, including a seat and footrests for the passenger.
If a passenger is under 18 years old, he or she is required to wear a helmet. While the motorcyclist has a permit, he or she cannot bring passengers on the bike.
Arizona’s lane-sharing law consists of the following rules:
- Motorcyclists are entitled to full use of a lane, and except when lane filtering, the operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken
- A motorcyclist shall not drive between traffic lanes or between adjacent rows of vehicles (lane splitting), except when lane filtering
- Motorcyclists shall not ride more than two vehicles side-by-side in a single lane
Under a new law that went into effect on September 24, 2022, motorcycle drivers in Arizona are allowed to participate in lane filtering. Lane filtering allows motorcycles to ride slowly between lanes when traffic is stopped.
However, there are some stipulations. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 28-903, the motorcycle operator must do the following:
- 1. Operate the motorcycle on a street that both:
- Is divided into at least two adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel
- Has a speed limit that does not exceed forty-five miles per hour
- 2. Travels at a speed that does not exceed fifteen miles per hour.
To read more about lane filtering, see the text for Senate Bill 1273.
In Arizona, the maximum noise level for motorcycle mufflers is determined by the model of the motorcycle, measured 50 feet from the center of a lane of the road.
Arizona law requires the original manufacturer’s muffler to be installed on a motorcycle. Noise reduction parts must be installed if the original muffler is no longer installed. Arizona also prohibits the use of cutoff or bypass devices.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help
Because of the lack of protection, individuals injured in a motorcycle accident often suffer serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, or multiple fractures.
If you believe your motorcycle accident was caused by a negligent driver, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance.
For nearly 30 years, our personal injury lawyers have helped accident victims pursue claims for compensation for their injuries. We are knowledgeable about the state’s motorcycle laws and fight diligently to secure compensation for our clients.
We can discuss your claim during a free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee, which means you only pay us if you recover your claim. We can handle communications with the insurance company, investigate the circumstance surrounding your accident, and focus on the legal aspect of your claim while you concentrate on your recovery.
Call 1-800-706-3000 for help with your claim.
Free Case Evaluation
Your message has been sent
Thank you for your message, we will get back to you soon.
Phillips Law Group has a proven track record of success. Juan Roque, in particular, is integral to that. He works with integrity, compassion, and an undefeated optimism that makes him a valuable asset.
Phillips law group is a great firm! Caroline is great.
Phillips Law Group does so much for the community!!! I especially enjoy seeing Juan Roque out there. This gentle giant always has a smile on his face and is a part of a caring and giving team.
I have been with Phillips Law Group for a little over a year and I have learned what teamwork and family in a workplace looks like. There is always someone around to lend a helping hand, which is something I appreciate and cherish. I feel a sense of joy coming to work every day because of my co-workers as well as being able to help people in what can be a scary and stressful situation. I currently work as a Litigation Legal Assistant with an amazing team. When I started here, I was not very knowledgeable in personal injury. I was lucky to have been placed with an amazing team who was willing to take time to teach and pass on some great skills that have been a huge aid in helping me be successful in my position. I would recommend working here at Phillips Law Group, because they care about their employees and there is so much room for growth.
I didn’t know anything about the area, and Phillips Law Group just took care of everything. They helped made sure I knew where I was going, made sure I didn’t have to worry. They literally just took care of me.
A friend of mine recommended Phillips Law and I’m so grateful, because they were so wonderful, so down to earth, so professional. I felt like they were family.
It’s an Honor and a Privilege to work for a company that cares about its employees and clients for 12 years. I’ve seen Management go out of their way to help someone whether it’s a personal matter or work related. I am also reminded of many occasions where a Client needed urgent help and we as a Team were able to get the person immediate assistance. At Phillips Law we make that happen through Teamwork and a dedication to our profession. I’ve had numerous jobs in several other fields, those were just jobs. This is a home. Many of us have been here for quite a few years, it feels like one large extended family.
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value As someone who is familiar with the inner workings of the auto insurance industry I can whole heartedly endorse Steven J. Jones and Phillips law group as someone I would want on my side should litigation take place. They handled my case professionally, honestly, and with satisfactory results which I would not have expected without enlisting their help.
Phillips Law Group provides a collaborative environment in which both attorneys and staff work together to achieve the best outcome for clients. As an attorney here at PLG, I’m lucky to be surrounded by seasoned attorneys and knowledgeable staff that share my enthusiasm for helping accident victims. The team here at PLG treats clients with respect and empathy while fighting hard to get the results they deserve.
I would like to send special thanks to Phillips Law Group for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Best Law Firm here in the Valley. During these troubling times with the epidemic, Phillips Law Group has masterfully created this family-like environment while still maintaining a professional and business-like approach for all their clients. Thru impeccable leadership that is unmatched by other law firms to the Multi-diverse employment opportunities that many employees advance within the firm; Phillips Law Group has not only distanced themselves from all other competition in the Personal Injury field but also has innovatively changed the narrative of being a great law institution. From providing Employee Appreciation Day to celebrating all major Holiday including great competitive contests; Phillips Law Group has the total participation of all employees to help contribute to the continued success of this firm. So in closing I would like to thank Senior Administration (Jeffery Phillips, Eva Chiaramonte, and Tim Tonkin) along with all of my colleagues and many friends for help making Phillips Law Group a unique and wonderful place to call my place of employment for 6+ years.