The Ultimate Guide to Montana Motorcycle Laws

With its rolling plains, lush highlands, and spectacular mountains, Montana is not only the largest of the Rocky Mountain states, it’s easily the most scenic. Montana is also home to long, sprawling highways that are perfect for motorcyclists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There’s nothing better than hitting the wide-open roads on your motorcycle.

Before firing up your motorcycle, though, you should get a refresher on the various laws Montana has in place regarding the use of motorcycles on its roads and highways. Many of these laws are no different than they are in other states. Some are unique to Montana, though, and it would be wise to know them so you can avoid being saddled with an expensive traffic ticket.

Motorcycle Endorsements

Before you can legally operate a motorcycle on the roads and highways of Montana you first need to obtain a driver’s license for regular automobiles. Once you have a Montana driver’s license you can apply for a motorcycle endorsement.

The only way to get a motorcycle endorsement in Montana is if you meet the following criteria:

  • Be older than 16 years old
  • First obtain an up-to-date Montana driver’s license
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge and skills exam
  • Pay the motorcycle endorsement fee

Montana Motorcycle Insurance Laws

Though motorcyclists are not required to have insurance in Montana, it would be wise to purchase a policy nonetheless. Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous since they do not offer the same protections other vehicles do, such as airbags and seatbelts. Montana requires the following minimum liability limits for motorcycle insurance:

  • Bodily injury for a single person: $25,000
  • Bodily injury for multiple people: $50,000
  • Property damage: $10,000

Motorcycle insurance is typically inexpensive, so it’s smart to just buy some coverage even though it’s not required by law.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Similar to motorcycle insurance, Montana law only requires riders under the age of 18 to wear helmets when they ride. And just like our advice about motorcycle insurance, you should always ride with a helmet. Wearing a helmet could save your life one day. Hundreds of studies show that wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). So do your head and brain a favor by strapping on a helmet before you crank up your motorcycle to go for a ride.

Other Montana Motorcycle Laws

Motorcyclists are expected to follow most of the same commonsense traffic laws just like any other vehicle on the road. They should also listen to any instructions given by police officers they encounter while riding on Motana roads.

Below is a list of additionals laws Montana motorcyclists should pay attention to:

  • Passengers on motorcycles should not be in a position that interferes with the operation of the motorcycle
  • Motorcyclists should not carry items while driving a motorcycle
  • While traveling on public roads and highways, motorcycles should always be operated with lights on
  • Motorcyclists should not ride more than two at a time in a lane of traffic
  • A motorcycle should be operated by a rider facing forward at all times and sitting firmly in the seat

Montana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the fault of another person, you will need an Advocate on your side to help you get back on your feet again. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping motorcycle accident victims all throughout Montana. Don’t hesitate to contact our office for a free case evaluation today. You can call us at 406-272-6986 or chat online right now with a live attorney. Don’t wait to contact us about your case. You deserve an Advocate!