There are several causes of motorcycle accidents in Southern California. These include:
Lane splitting is when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or moving traffic. Some drivers don’t expect motorcycles to be between their vehicles and can cause accidents by moving into another lane without seeing the motorcyclist.
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents are left-hand turns by cars or trucks that fail to see bikers coming up behind them. Often, these crashes happen at intersections when drivers are making right turns across traffic lanes or turning left into traffic lanes.
Cars may be looking at their phone or distracted by other things when they make a turn into traffic and fail to see motorcycles. According to a safety study done by the United States Department of Transportation, ⅔ of motorcycle-car crashes occurred due to not seeing an approaching motorcycle and therefore failing to yield right of way.
Speeding is one of the biggest contributors to automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents. When drivers are speeding, they have less time to react to unexpected obstacles on the road, such as another vehicle or pedestrian crossing at an intersection.
If you live in Southern California, you should know about some basic laws regarding motorcycles. It’s important to understand these laws because they can affect your legal rights if you are injured in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle laws in California are designed to protect riders and prevent injuries during incidents.
All riders in California are required to wear a U.S. DOT-compliant motorcycle safety helmet at all times while riding a motorcycle (CVC §27803). A U.S. DOT-compliant motorcycle safety helmet is three times safer than other helmets – it protects accident victims, and they are less likely to suffer a head injury.
Also, California law requires all motorcycle drivers to take a CMSP course upon getting their license. The course includes classroom lectures and hands-on training on how to handle your bike safely. You need to pass this test before you can get your license. If you fail any part of the exam, you must retake it.
You must be at least 16 years old to ride a motorcycle in California, and you must have a motorcycle permit before you can get your license. If you’re under 18 years old, you must wear an approved helmet while riding on any public street or highway.
Motorcycles are treated as vehicles, so the same rules apply: You need to obey traffic signals, signs, and lane markings; ride with consideration for other drivers; and not exceed the posted speed limits.
Most importantly, California is the only state where lane splitting is legal, especially with slow traffic. Lane splitting refers to riding between lanes of traffic when there is not enough room for two vehicles side-by-side within a lane. Lane splitting should only be done when it is safe to do so and only when there is no oncoming traffic or pedestrians.
California law requires all motorcycles to be registered with the DMV and insured with liability insurance. This means that if you are injured in an accident while riding a motorcycle in California, the other party’s insurance company will have to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.