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An Overview of Illinois Motorcycle Laws

Illinois, like other states, has laws that regulate how motorcyclists and other motorists should operate their vehicles on public roads. As a rider, it is important to know about these laws for two reasons. First, it is important to know about these laws so that you can comply with them and stay safe. Second, it is important to know about these laws because if a law is not followed then that could be relevant to liability in an accident case if you’ve been injured.

What Are These Laws?

Illinois motorcyclists are required to follow all of the rules of the roads that apply to other motorists. This includes obeying the speed limit, following signs, and driving while sober, for example.

Some laws, however, are specific for motorcyclists. These laws include:

  • Using headlights during the day.
  • Wearing eye protection or having a windscreen on your bike.
  • Using a bike with handgrips below the height of your head.
  • Having a passenger seat and footrest if there is a passenger on your bike.
  • Allowing a rider to proceed with caution through an intersection after 120 seconds if the automated signal system does not recognize a motorcycle. This does not apply in a municipality with more than two million people.
  • Requiring riders to have a motorcycle endorsement from Illinois or another state.
  • Requiring riders to carry minimum insurance coverage as required by law.

This is just a sampling of important laws for riders to know about. Additional laws apply for riders who are operating a motorcycle on public roads and off road. If you feel that you were hurt because of a riders, or other motorist, who violated a state law then it is important to bring that to the attention of your motorcycle accident lawyer.

Laws change frequently and it is important to stay up to date on any new developments that could be important to you as a rider. We encourage you to monitor the Illinois Department of Transportation website to learn of any changes and to check our website regularly for more tips and resources for riders.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham