Motorcycle laws may vary from passenger vehicles such as requiring the driver to wear a helmet and no lane spitting. Laws governing trick riding are another area of motorcycle law drivers must follow.

What Is Trick Riding?

Trick riding, also called stunt riding, refers to a driver performing acrobatic maneuvers while operating their motorcycle. Common stunt riding maneuvers include:

  • Stoppies
  • Wheelies
  • Burnouts

What Are Stunt Riding Laws?

These laws dictate what forms of trick riding are illegal. They vary from state to state. For example, Maine’s state law prohibits operating motorcycle without both wheels on the road. However, it does not expressly outlaw standing on the seat while operating the motorcycle.

Can I Be Charged with Aggressive Driving When Trick Riding?

Yes, as many trick riding activities exhibit behavior that is classified as this type of driving. Aggressive driving describes an individual operating a motor vehicle dangerously. The driver shows a disregard for safety and road laws. A driver may face criminal charges, probation, or suspended sentence, if convicted.

Can I Be Charged with Driving Recklessly?

Yes. Driving recklessly, or reckless driving, is a type of moving traffic violation. It occurs when a driver shows a willful, wanton disregard for public safety. This traffic violation may result in fines and possible jail time.

Can I Be Charged with More than Breaking Stunt Riding Laws?

Yes. Depending on circumstances, a motorcyclist can be charged with more serious criminal charges. For example, a motorcyclist can be charged with vehicular homicide if someone dies as a result of the tricks performed on a motorcycle while riding on public streets.

Do I Need to Contact a Criminal Attorney about Trick Riding?

Yes. Depending on the jurisdiction punishment for trick riding can range from a traffic violation to time in prison. To understand more about trick riding and possible punishment, contact a traffic violation attorney. The attorney will explain the law and provide legal representation to help you avoid the most severe punishment.