Motorcycle Safety Guide

Per miles driven, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than motorists in passenger vehicles to die in a traffic collision. Read on for safety tips from a Denver motorcycle accident lawyer at The Sawaya Law Firm.


Get Trained

In Colorado, you need an M endorsement on your driver’s license to ride a motorcycle legally. You must pass a written test, vision test, driver’s record review, and skills test at a State Driver’s License Office or certified third-party tester. Or, you could get a license waiver card by passing the Colorado State Patrol’s Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) course.

In the Denver metro area, you can sign up for a MOST course at the following locations:

  • ABATE — Multiple locations, (303) 789-3264
  • Avalanche Harley-Davidson — 18425 W. Colfax Ave., (303) 238-0425
  • BLACK B.A.G., LLC — Thornton, (303) 233-0081
  • G-Force Powersports — 7700 W. Colfax Ave., (303) 238-4303
  • Iron Buffalo — 1-70 and Quebec, (303) 751-3741
  • Motorcycle Rider Training Center — 6th & Kipling, (303) 989-5837
  • Motorcycle Training Academy — Multiple locations, (719) 380-1448
  • Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson — Littleton, (303) 703-2885
  • T3RG International Motorcycle Schools — Multiple locations, (303) 433-9424
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Wear Proper Gear

By law, Colorado bikers must wear appropriate goggles or protective eyewear.

Helmets are not required in Colorado for riders under 18. However, they cut the risk of head injury by 69% and the risk of death by 37%.

Wear motorcycle jackets, pants, and gloves. Wear bright, reflective gear if you’re riding at night.

Drive Defensively

Pay attention to what other drivers are doing. Learn where blind spots are on cars and large trucks so that you can maneuver safely.

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Watch Out on Left Turns

You’re less visible to other drivers no matter where you’re riding. Be especially careful when making a left turn in front of oncoming cars.