Motorcycle Laws

Motorcycle laws are different and often more complex than the laws governing motor vehicles. These laws are broad, covering everything from motorcycle training, rules on the road, and an individual's rights and options following a motorcycle accident. Further complicating this is that each state and even different local jurisdictions have different laws governing motorcycles.

For this reason, it is a good idea to speak with a legal professional when you have questions about motorcycle laws. Furthermore, it is vital to consult with a California bike accident lawyer if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Experienced attorneys, such as those at Aitken Aitken Cohn understand these laws, how they apply to individual cases, and how to use these laws to help motorcycle accident victims receive compensation.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call one of our Orange County motorcycle law attorneys for a free initial consultation. We can be reached locally at 714-881-0592 or toll free at (866) 434-1424. You can also contact us online.

California is one of 20 states that currently require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, though the law does not require motorcyclists to wear eye protection. Under California motorcycle law, state-funded rider education programs are offered to all eligible individuals and are required by anyone under the age of 21 who wishes to ride a motorcycle. Rider's education can be waived if a skills test is passed. California law has not set a minimum age on passengers, though all passengers must have a footrest and a passenger seat.

Here are additional motorcycle laws in California:

  • Headlight use in daytime: is required for those motorcycles made after 1978
  • Helmet speakers: only a single earphone is permissible by law
  • Motorcycles may be required to undergo random safety inspections
  • Mirror: at least one mirror on the left or right is required
  • Turn signals: are required by law
  • Mufflers: required by law and may not be equipped with a cutout, bypass or similar device
  • Maximum sound levels are enforced
  • Required insurance: Motorcycle law requires compulsory liability
  • Handlebar height: the height of a motorcycle's handlebars cannot exceed six inches above shoulder height when in the seated position on the bike
  • Lane splitting: California motorcycle law does not restrict lane splitting

Contact Our California Bike Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a bike crash, please call our California law firm to schedule your free initial consultation. We can be reached locally at 714-881-0592 or toll free at (866) 434-1424. You can also contact our Santa Ana law firm online.

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