A Primer on Motorcycle Laws for Riders in Illinois

A Primer on Motorcycle Laws for Riders in IllinoisLaws governing the operation of motorcycles on the roadways vary from state to state. Failure to understand the motorcycle laws Illinois can lead to traffic tickets, as well as motorcycle crashes and injuries. What follows is a short tutorial for staying legal on your motorcycle in Illinois.

Drivers of passenger cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles all have common laws they are required to obey on the roadways in the state of Illinois. However, there are specific laws that address motorcycles and their riders. Failing to adhere to these laws can put you on the line for:

  • Added points to your driver’s license
  • Costly tickets
  • Possible loss of your driver’s license (with previously committed traffic offenses)
  • A jump in your insurance rates

Follow these laws and avoid legal consequences

Considering the above consequences, as a motorcycle rider, it’s important that you remain aware of what Illinois requires as stipulated in its vehicle code. Here are some of the safety regulations you should know:

  • Riders must wear eye protection, regardless of age. Protection may be informal glasses, goggles, or windshield or windscreen. (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1404)
  • Lane-splitting (maneuvering between two lanes of traffic to pass vehicles) is not permitted (Illinois Vehicle Code, 11-703)
  • Daytime headlights must be on at all times (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 12-1201(a))
  • Handlebars must be present below the height of the rider’s head (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1403(c))
  • Footrests (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1405) and passenger seats (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 11-1403(a)) are required when passengers (regardless of age) ride on motorcycles
  • A right or left side mirror is required (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 12-102)
  • Mufflers are required, but they must not be modified to increase noise levels (Illinois Vehicle Code, Sec. 12-602)
  • Helmet speakers are permitted for communication purposes only

Minimum motorcycle insurance coverage in Illinois

Motorcycle riders in Illinois are required to carry liability insurance that covers, at a minimum:

  • Bodily injury coverage – $20,000 per injured person – $40,000 for all persons injured
  • Property damage coverage – $15,000

Illinois motorcycle laws may be updated at any time. Therefore, it’s important for riders to stay on top of the latest changes in order to remain compliant with the law, avoid traffic tickets, and employ best practices on the road to minimize the risk of accidents.

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