Riding Without a Motorcycle License in Colorado

Earlier this week we wrote about Cactus Moser, Wynonna Judd’s husband and drummer. He lost his leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident, and he received a citation for riding without a license.

Unfortunately, riding without a license happens more often than you might think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 24 percent of bikers killed in multiple vehicle crashes in 2005 were riding without a valid license. This could mean that the rider either did not have a license or was using an expired license.

Riders who never received a motorcycle license pose a risk to everyone on the road, including themselves. To receive a Colorado motorcycle license, riders must possess a valid driver’s license and either:

  • Pass a written test and a skills test at the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Enroll in and pass an approved motorcycle safety course. A valid certificate from a motorcycle safety program excuses the rider from the written and skills test.

Riders caught without a valid motorcycle license can face hundreds of dollars in fines, jail time and points on their license, especially if combined with other violations.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident with an unlicensed driver or rider, talk to us. Give us a call at (866) 377-3800, or submit a contact form. When a negligent motorist injures you or kills a loved one, you have rights. Take advantage of our free consultations to learn more.

Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver accident attorneys

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