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Colorado Motorcycle Laws


Colorado is a popular destination for motorcyclists of all ages because of its beautiful scenery and twisting mountain roads. In addition to local residents, thousands of tourists flock to the Mile High state each year to ride the Rockies. Yet, before you hit the open road, it is important to understand all of Colorado’s motorcycle laws. Abiding by Colorado’s motorcycle laws will help keep you safe and allow you to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Of course, knowing and following Colorado’s motorcycle laws can’t ensure that accidents won’t occur. Unfortunately, we see many cases of this kind ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe, life-altering injuries.

Our law firm is asked many questions regarding motorcycle accidents. Below you will find some of the most common:

What damages can I expect to receive in Colorado?

Some of the damages you may claim for your accident settlement include:

  • Motorcycle repair or replacement costs
  • Payment for your medical care
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
  • Payment for your prescription costs
  • Payment for any mobility assistance devices necessary
  • Payment for lost income
  • Payment for lost career
  • Property damages beyond the motorcycle
  • Pain and suffering, emotional and mental distress

What if the motorcyclist holds some of the blame for the collision?

Sometimes, the motorcyclist is partially accountable for the accident. Even if you believe that is the case, speak to an attorney experienced in representing motorcycle accident victims. You are likely still eligible for damages. The laws in Colorado allow for comparative negligence. This means that if you are partially at fault, but the other driver bears more responsibility (over 50% of the blame), you will receive compensation. The amount of compensation is decreased by the percentage of blame the motorcyclist holds. If you’re found to be 30% at fault, your damages will be 30% less than if you held no accountability.

What are the most common motorcycle accidents?

Although accidents with motorcycles occur in a variety of ways, some of the most prevalent are:

  • Distracted driving, using a phone
  • Speeding or disobeying other driving laws
  • Following too closely
  • Sudden, unannounced lane changes
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Some facts:

  • Nearly 75% of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle
  • In over 65% of those collisions with other vehicles, the other driver was at fault
  • The most frequent kind of collision occurs when the motorcycle is moving straight, and another vehicle turns left in the motorcycle’s path

All drivers are responsible for detecting traffic, proceeding with care and caution, and obeying all traffic laws. Failing to see the motorcycle is a commonly stated case when another vehicle causes an accident with one; however, that responsibility is not on the motorcycle driver.

What if the motorcyclist hit, wasn’t wearing a helmet?

If you are older than 18 and are in a collision with another driver while not wearing a helmet, you can still be eligible for damages. Colorado law states that not wearing a helmet has no bearing on your negligence or right to receive compensation if you are not at fault.

Why Hire Hull & Zimmerman

Understanding and adhering to the Colorado motorcycle laws is every motorcyclists’ responsibility. However, if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, hiring a personal injury attorney that knows your rights and how to provide thoughtful and precise legal representation for your accident should be your next step.

Our North Denver accident lawyers are fully prepared to investigate your matter. We will tell you the exact action to take to get the compensation you’re entitled to. We have decades of experience, and our legal team knows how to win. Call us today to learn more about how we can help fight for you.

Located in Northern Colorado, our lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.

More on Motorcycle Accidents, Laws & Liability

Overview of Colorado’s Motorcycle Laws:

  • Helmet Use
    • In Colorado, motorcyclists and passengers over the age of 18 are not required to wear helmets while riding.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear DOT-approved helmets.
    • Eye Protection
      • All riders are required to wear eye protection in the form of goggles or glasses. Motorcycle windshields do not count as eye protection.
      • Bike Specifications
        • Daytime use of modulating headlamps is permitted in Colorado,
        • Turn signals are not required on motorcycles; however, motorcycles must have at least one side mirror.
        • Bikes in Colorado must operate at a noise level of 90 dba at 35 to 55 mph,
        • And all motorcycles are required by law to have mufflers.
        • Passengers
          • Passengers must have their own seat on a motorcycle. This can either be in a sidecar or behind the motorcyclist.
          • Motorcycles are also required to have footrests for passengers to use – and passengers are required to use them.
          • Off-Road Riding
            • When off-road riding, no helmet or eye protection is required.
            • Headlights and taillights are required only after sunset if you are riding off-road.
            • Mufflers are still required, and maximum sound level is set at 84 decibels 50 feet from the bike.
            • No vehicle title is required for off-road motorcycles.

Sometimes, even when motorcyclists obey all the laws – accidents still happen. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help. Our Northern Colorado motorcycle accident lawyers have the resources and experience needed to represent motorcycle accident victims. Call us today.


At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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