California is a great state for motorcycle lovers. With its vast freeways, highways and warm climate, riding a motorcycle is a true pleasure there. But when riders are involved in motorcycle accidents, they need to turn to one of the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys.
The motorcycle laws in California govern numerous aspects that the rider needs to take into consideration, from road laws and mandatory conduct, to motorcycle safety standards.
California Motorcycle Law
The California Vehicle Code is one of the most important legislative documents regarding road safety and mandatory requirements for motorcycle owners in California. It includes mandatory requirements both for road riding and off-road riding. Some of the provisions for riding a motorcycle on the road in California are:
- daytime use of headlight for vehicles manufactured in or after 1978,
- handlebars no higher than six inches above the rider’s shoulder height when seated,
- observing the maximum sound level produced by the motorcycle,
- regulations for equipment (for example, motorcycles towing trailers).
Motorcycle riders are required by law to wear a safety helmet, as per the California Vehicle Code.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a series of guidelines and recommendations for motorcycle owners and drivers and it enforces the laws applicable in the state for owning and the legal right to drive a motorcycle according to its class. An accident reportability threshold applies in California for motorcycle accidents. As of next year, the minimum damage threshold for accidents that have resulted in damages will be 1,000 $. When the damages are greater than this value, the driver must submit a Traffic Accident Occurring in California.
Motorcycle owners in the state of California are required to have an insurance. Drivers involved in motorcycle accidents who fail to provide proof of insurance and financial responsibility at the time of the accident will risk a driver’s license suspension of one year.
Our lawyers illustrate the main aspects related to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles in this short video:
Motorcycle accidents and victims
Even if motorcycle enthusiasts in Los Angeles and in the state of California observe all the legal requirements for riding their vehicles, accidents can take place. If the rider has observed all the safety requirements, as well as all the road regulations, then the fault for the accident may be attributed to the other party due to negligence.
When a motorcycle is involved in a car accident, the rider is more exposed and can suffer serious damage, compared to the car driver. Regardless of the type of accident, our Los Angelespersonal injury lawyers can help you recover monetary claims if you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident. You are entitled to compensations for the physical and emotional damage experienced during and after the crash and also to compensations for the damages brought to the motorcycle.