If you own a bike in Ohio, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the motorcycle laws. These rules are put in place not only for your protection, but also for the protection of anyone who is a passenger.
Helmets – All persons under the age of 18 or those who have a license that designates them as a “novice” rider are required to wear a helmet. As a passenger, if your driver is required to wear a helmet, so are you, regardless of your age.
Eye Protection – Operators and passengers alike are mandated to wear eye protection, unless the bike is equipped with a windscreen.
Insurance – Ohio motorcycle laws require that you carry insurance on your bike. At a minimum, you must have liability coverage, which protects you in the event that you injure someone else with your bike.
Statute of Limitations – If you’ve been involved in an accident, the statute of limitations is two years. Generally, this means you cannot bring a suit against someone if the accident occurred more than two years ago. This is to insure that claims are filed promptly, while witnesses memories are fresh and evidence is easily obtainable. It is important to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash. An attorney can begin collecting and preserving evidence, locating and interviewing witnesses, and building the foundation for a successful claim.
Passengers – If a passenger is on your bike, you must have a passenger seat as well as a footrest.
There are a several areas in which no restrictions exist. These include the age of the passenger, helmet speakers, and radar detectors.
Believe it or not, motorcycle laws state that your bike does not need to have a turn signal if it was manufactured before 1968. However, this does not mean that you are exempt from using hand signals. Always bear in mind that as a biker, you are less visible than a car or truck, making you more vulnerable. When you use a signal, you make yourself more visible to everyone around you so that you are less likely to be involved in an accident.