If a new law passes in Nebraska, kids under the age of 8 would not be allowed to ride on motorcycles.
State Sen. Bill Avery introduced the bill on Monday, January 14. If passed, Nebraska would be the sixth state in the country to set age limits on motorcycle passengers. Other states and their age restrictions include:
- Arkansas: 8 years old
- Hawaii: 7 years old
- Louisiana: 5 years old
- Texas: 5 years old
- Washington: 5 years old
In many states (including Colorado), the law states that the bike must have foot pegs and any passenger must be able to reach the pegs regardless of age. The American Motorcyclist Association supports these laws instead of age-based laws.
Motorcycle Accident and Deaths by Age
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 40 percent of the people who die in fatal motorcycle accidents are under the age of 30, but does not offer a more specific breakdown of these years. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 3 and 14. Statistically, riders in their 40s and 50s have the highest fatality rate when divided by decades.
We take cases involving death or injuries to children very seriously. Parents must obey all motor vehicle laws, including regulations for seat belts, car seats and motorcycle passengers. If you lost a loved one because someone else broke the law, you have rights you may not know about. Please call us at (866) 377-3800, and for no charge we can listen to your story and let you know if you have a case.
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