Yes, there are some differences, but also quite a few similarities, and it really depends on the state. You can read our recentblog on brake inspections to get an idea of how those differences might look. In many cases the differences have to do with what’s checked. Motorcycles don’t have seat belts, so those aren’t checked on a bike, but they do have handlebars, and a state may have specific handlebar height requirements.

Virginia Motorcycle and Car Inspections

The cost of a motorcycle inspection is a little bit cheaper at $12 compared to the $20 for cars and $51 for commercial vehicles.

Virginia’s Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist

  • Brakes and parking brake
  • Headlights, signals and other lights
  • Steering and suspension
  • Tires, wheels and rims
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Windshield and other glass
  • Windshield wiper/defroster
  • Exhaust system
  • Rear license plate
  • Hood and area under the hood
  • Air pollution control system (vehicles manufactured after 1973)
  • Driver’s seat
  • Seat belts
  • Airbag and airbag readiness light
  • Front driver-side and passenger doors
  • Fuel system
  • Floor pan

For Motorcycles, the inspection list includes:

  • Brakes
  • Seat
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Lights: auxiliary, headlamp, rear, signal and warning
  • Mirror
  • Horn
  • Muffler and exhaust system
  • Tires, wheels and rims
  • Windscreen and glazing
  • Fuel system

For specifics on what does and doesn’t pass inspection, you can visit our page onVirginia motorcycle inspections or read through the state’sChapter 70 Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Regulations page and look through Sections 330 to 340. These sections will explicitly explain the potential reasons your bike could be rejected.

North CarolinaMotorcycle and Car Inspections

The cost of a vehicle safety inspection in North Carolina is only $13.60 – or$30 for an emissions inspection and safety inspection. Both inspections cost an extra$10 for drivers with after-market window tinting.

North Carolina Motor Vehicle Inspection Checklist

  • Headlights
  • Accessory lights
  • Directional signals
  • Foot brake
  • Parking brake
  • Steering
  • Tires
  • Horn
  • Rearview mirror​
  • Windshield wipers
  • Exhaust system
  • Darkness of after-market tinted windows (if applicable)

North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Inspection Requirements

The good news for North Carolina riders is motorcycles (along with RVs and motor homes)don’t require emissions testing.

The North Carolina motorcycle inspection checks:

  • Brakes
  • Headlamps
  • Rear lamps
  • Stop lamps
  • License plate
  • Horn
  • Tires
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Exhaust system
  • Steering mechanism

North Carolina riders should read through ourmotorcycle inspection overview for the state if they’d like more details on what exactly may cause a bike to fail an inspection.

Can My Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawsuit Get Thrown Out Because My Bike Didn’t Pass a Safety Inspection?

It depends, but in many cases no. If someone rear ends you during the day the insurance company lawyers can’t say you were the one being negligent because your bike was overdue for a safety inspection or you didn’t have a working headlight. If your motorcycle’s defect had nothing to do with the accident, chances are the other driver’s insurance company won’t be able to use that to transfer the blame onto you.

However, if you were unable to avoid an accident because you had faulty brakes, then the insurance company may be able to argue you share some of the blame because you didn’t brake in time.

It really depends on the specific details of your crash and whether the condition of your motorcycle had something to do with your injuries. If a crash was entirely due to another driver’s negligence and there was nothing you could do (no matter how safe your bike was) to prevent it, chances are a defect or illegal modification won’t impact a judgement on culpability.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident or you have questions about motorcycle law, don’t hesitate tocontact the experienced motorcycle lawyers at the Motorcycle Law Group by calling(855) 529-7433.