In the state of Oklahoma, a “motorcycle” is defined as:
“[A]ny motor vehicle having:
- A seat or saddle for the use of each rider;
- Not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor; and
- A combustion engine with a piston or rotor displacement of one hundred fifty cubic centimeters (150 cu cm) or greater.”
The riders and passengers of these vehicles are bound by laws designed to improve safety and help prevent motorcycle accidents.
To help ensure safety, motorcycles must be equipped with two rear-view mirrors, a windshield or face shield designed to protect against road debris, and a fender over each wheel to prevent asphalt and rocks from scattering off of tires. In addition, working turn signals, brake lights, horns, and headlamps are required for a motorcycle to be street legal in Oklahoma.
Motorcycle operators must have a class “M” license in Oklahoma. Obtaining an “M” endorsement requires passing written and driving tests specifically focused on operating a motorcycle. These tests are in addition to those required for Oklahoma’s standard driver’s license.
While helmet use is not required for riders or passengers over 18, it is always a good idea to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Studies have found helmet use reduces the risk of brain injury in a motorcycle accident by as much as 69 percent.
However, it is required for riders to have protective eyewear. A windshield can serve this purpose, but goggles are recommended for optimal protection.
Riders and passengers can improve safety by wearing leather jackets, gloves, boots, chaps, or other protective leggings. These can significantly reduce the risk of serve or fatal injury in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Have You Been Injured?
Training, safety equipment, and safe driving can help protect you from serious injury, but may not be enough to prevent all damage in an accident. When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.