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Motorcycle Laws in California

Motorcyclists in California must follow the same laws that apply to drivers of standard passenger vehicles. The state also has specific laws that apply only to motorcyclists. These rules are meant to protect motorcyclists, as well as others that share…

What Are the Most Common Road Hazards for Motorcyclists?

Riding a motorcycle can be more dangerous than driving a car. For example, minor obstacles, such as leaves, gravel or railroad crossings, can cause a motorcycle accident if the rider does not use caution, while a car will pass over these items without…

California Passes Law Legalizing Lane Splitting

A new traffic law passed in California that legalizes lane splitting will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Lane splitting is a maneuver practiced by motorcyclists where the rider travels between two lanes of vehicles, usually during stand-still traffic. California…

Two People on a Motorcycle Killed in Fiery, Wrong-Way Crash

The driver and passenger on a motorcycle were killed early Monday morning when they were hit by a Hyundai traveling the wrong way on Madison Avenue near Lincoln Oaks Drive. The collision caused both vehicles to catch fire, causing the man and woman on…

Motorcyclists: Seams in the Road Are More Dangerous than Potholes

The next time you hit the road on your motorcycle, watch for seams or bumps in the middle of your lane. These cracks in the road can be more dangerous than potholes, and, unfortunately, authorities are less likely to fix these road hazards. While hitting…

CHP Emphasizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness for All

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and government officials have teamed up to reduce motorcycle crashes through training and education. They have an important message to share: Motorcycle safety is imperative for all vehicle drivers -- not just motorcyclists.…

California Sees Rise in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes: “Lane Splitting” May Be to Blame

A recent report provided by California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System revealed that motorcycle accidents and related fatalities are once again on the rise. An analysis of statewide crash data found that fatal motorcycle collisions have…

Motorcycle Safety: Steer Clear of Danger

While all accidents have the potential to cause injury, accidents involving motorcycles increase the chances of serious physical harm to riders. Motorcycle collisions can cause head injuries, broken limbs, and even death. Additionally, car operators…

Is Lane-Splitting Safe in California?

In California, most motorcycle riders, nearly 40%, use their bikes only on the weekends for recreation. Nearly 38 percent use their bikes for both a daily commute and weekend recreational activities.   Lane-splitting or lane-sharing, which occurs when…