California Motorcycle Accident Laws
According to the United States Department of Transportation, nearly 80 percent of motorcycle accidents are either fatal or cause injuries. Understanding of your rights cannot hurt as much as getting into one. California motorcycle accident laws are very similar to those in other states. There are some differences that are specific to California.
California is the only state that permits lane splitting, “squeezing” in past slow or creeping traffic. California bikers must wear helmets at all times and must carry liability insurance at all times. California bikers must possess a Class M1 or M2 license and pass a skills test. Many times even the most skilled motorcyclist are involved in accident, i.e., motorcycle-auto or motorcycle-truck accidents. There are various causes for motorcycle accident such as:
- Mechanical failures;
- Driver inexperience;
- Driver fatigue;
- Adverse weather condition;
- Automobile drivers – some often do not notice or know how to share the road with motorcyclists;
- Blind stops;
- Drivers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Other causes
When involved in a Motorcycle crash, what type of information should I document?
- Driver’s license number
- Exchange contact information
- License plate number
- Insurance information
- Photos the motorcycle and the automobile
- Police report
It is important for you to protect your legal rights when involved in a motorcycle accident. Never sign a document that is presented to you by the opposing insurance company without having an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer review it for you first.
Many times, insurance adjusters will offer very low settlement offers. Other times the driver will deny fault and attempt to force the motorcyclist to admit fault. It is important that you consult with an motorcycle accident attorney to help preserve your rights. Call Kaass Law and schedule you with a free consultation with an experience motorcycle accident attorney.
Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys represent riders in Glendale, Los Angeles, Burbank, Woodland Hills, North Hollywood, San Fernando Valley, and the surrounding cities.