According to the American Motorcyclist Association, all motorcyclists in California should familiarize themselves with the motorcycle laws in their state. If you are a cross-country motorcyclist or someone who enjoys heading out of town on motorcycle trips, it is also important to familiarize yourself with the motorcycle laws in any state you will be riding through.
Here are just a few examples of California motorcycle laws:
A safety helmet is required
Eye protection requirements are not specified
An operator license is not required to drive a motorcycle off road
State-funded rider education is available for all and required for anyone under the age of 21
Motorcycle mufflers are required
Lane splitting (while dangerous) is legal
Each state differs on its education requirements as well as on motorcycle laws. In California, for example, rider education is required for all riders under 21, cards from other states are not accepted, and a skill test is required to get a motorcycle endorsement. Additionally, there are insurance requirements for California motorcyclists. For bodily injury, the required amounts are $15,000 per person per accident, $30,000 for all people injured in a single accident, and $5000 is required for property damage.
Although it is not required, a California motorcyclist should consider purchasing uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. This type of insurance will help you pay for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and property damage if you are unfortunately involved in a California motorcycle accident with an uninsured driver.
Before you hit the roads, do a little research and understand the laws that govern them. No matter where in California you choose to ride, knowing the California motorcycle laws will help keep you safe and out of danger.
If you or a loved one becomes a victim of a California motorcycle accident, our experienced California motorcycle accident attorneys can help you get compensation for your injuries or losses so you can move forward with your life. We have motorcycle attorneys available to help in any California city including Los Angeles, San Jose, or San Diego. Call us at 1-800-BIKERS today.
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