What You Should Know
Motorcycle Rights Riverside County
If you ride, it's important to know your rights. In the event of an accident, this knowledge can help you determine whether you may be entitled to damages. Even if you're unfamiliar with your rights, it's still recommended that you seek legal counsel if you have been injured in an accident. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, we can review your case, educate you on your rights, and recommend a course of action. We understand motorcycle rights and specialize in motorcycle claims at our Orange County law firm. As fellow riders, our team can empathize with our clients; we are uniquely suited to answer your questions and help you seek damages for injuries. To arrange a free consultation with Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, please contact our law firm, located in Newport Beach, today.
Motorcycle Rights - Motorists Are Required to Share the Road
As defined by the State of California, a motorcycle is a two- or three-wheeled vehicle weighing less than 1,500lbs with an engine displacement greater than 150 cubic centimeters (CCs). Mopeds and motorized bicycles, for example, are not classified as motorcycles, even though they are motorized two-wheeled vehicles, because their engines are too small. By comparison, three-wheeled bikes (or trikes, as they are commonly known) are still classified as motorcycles because they fall within the engine and weight guidelines and have fewer than four wheels. Knowing what constitutes a motorcycle will help you understand your rights and the vehicle code by which you must abide.
California Vehicle Code
In California, all motorcyclists must be licensed with an M1 or M2 endorsement and wear a DOT-approved helmet. If either of these requirements is not met, it may jeopardize your chance of seeking damages in court in the event of an accident. Once properly licensed and helmeted, motorcyclists are free to traverse all public roads, and share the same rights and privileges as other motorists with one exception: unlike automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, lane-splitting is permitted for motorcycles, if done in a prudent and reasonable fashion. This legal right is often overlooked or misunderstood not only by the general public, but in some instances, by law enforcement as well. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident while you were legally and safely lane-splitting, the other party may be at fault.
At our Newport Beach law practice, we help clients throughout Orange County better understand motorcycle rights and motorcycle laws every day; if you have been involved in an accident and have concerns or questions regarding your rights, we can help. If it is determined that your injuries resulted from another party's negligence, you are legally entitled to damages. Though each case is unique, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, past and present; loss of wages, past and present; property damage; and pain and suffering.
Contact the Inland Empire Motorcycle Law
Don't hesitate to seek legal counsel if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the statute of limitations may apply, and you could waive your right to compensation if you don't file a claim in a timely manner. For sound legal counsel from an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle attorney, contact Inland Empire Motorcycle Law today. Serving Greater Orange County from our Newport Beach office, he can educate you on motorcycle rights, answer any questions you may have, help you establish liability, and file a claim on your behalf.