As an experienced, conscientious South Bay-area motorcycle owner, you should make it a point to follow all relevant traffic laws. Doing so is absolutely vital for both your health and your legal prospects.
One of the tragic realities of owning a motorcycle is that you can do everything right and still find yourself in an accident as a result of someone else's negligence. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are intensely aware of this.
However, this makes doing everything right more important than ever. You need to ensure that the other driver has no reasonable argument. And that means knowing the laws that are relevant to you as a motorcycle owner.
If you've been in a motorcycle accident in the South Bay, California area and suffered a devastating injury as a result, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.
What You Should Know
Here are some of the most important laws regarding motorcycle usage in the state of California:
- All motorcycle riders, regardless of age, must wear a safety helmet at all times. This is true regardless of whether you're a driver or passenger.
- California is the only state in the union where the practice of lane splitting (taking your motorcycle between the lanes of traffic) is legal. But be very careful when doing this.
- Earplugs are allowed, though you must be able to hear sirens and horns.
- Eye protection is not required.
- Every motorcycle manufactured after 1978 must use its headlight during the day
- One rearview mirror is required
- There are no age restrictions for passengers.
Following these laws is important for two reasons. First, these laws exist for your safety. Following them- especially the safety helmet provision- can help keep you safe.
Second, following the laws provides you with stronger legal footing in the case of an accident. Take the helmet law again. If you don't wear a helmet and you're in an accident, you can still pursue compensation. You're not prevented from doing so based on that decision. However, an opposing attorney can claim that you contributed to your injuries by not wearing a helmet, and your compensation could be reduced accordingly.
There are no guarantees in personal injury law, of course. But following the law is always the safe choice.
If you want to speak to our experienced South Bay, California motorcycle accident lawyers, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.