Key motorcycle laws in Louisiana

Posted on April 13, 2016

Motorcycle laws are set at the state level, so it’s important to know what the laws are if you’re riding through Louisiana or visiting the state, as they may be different than what you’re used to. Naturally, residents need to know them as well. Below are a few key laws to keep in mind.

1. Motorcycle license endorsements from other states can be used.

2. Regarding the use of headlights when riding during the day, a modulating headlight can be used.

3. Handlebars cannot be higher than a person’s shoulder.

4. Eye protection has to be worn, whether that means a visor on a helmet or goggles with an open-faced helmet. An alternative is a windscreen on the bike itself, in which case eye protection doesn’t have to be used.

5. Lane splitting is not allowed. This is very important, as splitting is permitted in some other places. This is the practice of riding between cars that are in two lanes and driving next to each other, and it is often done when traffic is stuck in a gridlock. In Louisiana, motorcycles must wait just like other cars.

6. A bike does need to have at least one mirror, which should be located on the left.

7. There are no restrictions regarding speakers that are used in the helmet.

8. Two motorcycles can be ridden in one lane, riding side by side.

9. Children under the age of five cannot be passengers.

Have you been injured in an accident that was caused by a motorcyclist who was breaking the law? If so, you may be able to seek financial compensation.

Source: American Motorcyclist, “Louisiana State Motorcycle Laws,” accessed April 13, 2016