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Typically, motorcycle insurance is required in every state. There are only two exceptions to this rule in the United States: Washington and Montana. Montana exempts motorcycle owners from the auto insurance statutes, and Washington has no laws regarding insurance for motorcycles, mopeds or other motor-driven cycles.
Some states require basic liability insurance for motorcycles but differ in other ways from standard auto insurance. In Alaska, for example, insurance companies are not required by law to offer motorcyclists more than the minimum required liability limit. Oregon, Utah and Texas require cars to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for first-party medical claims, but do not offer this coverage to motorcycles. In Kansas, motorcycle drivers can reject the PIP coverage required for autos.
motorcycle insurance is optional in some circumstances but not others. If you have a clean driving history, you do not need insurance to register your bike. However, once you cause an accident, you must carry continuous insurance for three consecutive years to maintain your bike's registration. You are also responsible for any injuries you cause, whether or not you have insurance. Another law states that if you do not carry a minimum $10,000 injury protection insurance for your motorcycle, you must wear a helmet.
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