Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in California
If you were involved in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another driver, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To find out if you qualify to recover damages, contact the Riverside motorcycle accident attorneys at Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation for a free consultation.
Our skilled Riverside motorcycle accident lawyers can help you navigate the difficult times ahead, by aggressively pursuing fair compensation from the insurance companies and responsible parties.
Motorcycle Laws in California
California motorcycle law under California Vehicle Code (CVC) 27803 states:
- A motorcycle driver and any passenger must wear a safety helmet when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle
- It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet
- It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required
Though motorcycle helmets may not make much of a difference in the most catastrophic or fatal motorcycle accidents, they can go a long in preventing traumatic brain injury and brain damage in lesser crashes.
Even a minor accident can knock a motorcyclist off their bike and onto the ground, leading to a serious head or neck injury. In such cases, wearing a motorcycle helmet can mitigate these injuries or even prevent brain injuries such as concussions.
Currently, California is the only state to legally allow lane splitting, the act of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic going in the same direction. This allows motorcycle riders to bypass traffic and reduces air pollution.
Find out what your motorcycle accident claim is worth by calling (951) 382-5454.
Motorcycle accidents can have myriad causes. Some accidents are caused by reckless or careless motorcyclists—about 26% of motorcyclists fatally injured in California during 2016 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08% at the time of their accident.
However, motorcycle accidents tend to be caused by other motorists on the road driving passenger or freight vehicles. The low visibility of motorcycles and their lack of protection as compared to other motor vehicles makes motorcyclists especially susceptible to accidents and the resulting injuries.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Southern California include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Debris or hazards in the road
- Poor road design or construction
- Night driving
- Driving under the influence
- Mechanical malfunctions