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Liability for a Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Accident

Lane-splitting – when a motorcycle passes a vehicle in the same lane – is legal in California. But, how safe is it? If an accident occurs while a motorcyclist is lane-splitting, can the rider be held liable? Determining Liability for Lane-Splitting Crashes When a lane-splitting accident occurs, the insurance companies will investigate who was at […]

Motorcycle Safety: Ways to Prevent Blind Spot Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often cause devastating injuries. One common type of motorcycle accident involves other vehicles’ blind spots – when a motorcyclist rides in these areas, it is very difficult for the driver to see the bike and its rider. Drivers and motorcyclists alike must effectively check their blind spots to reduce the risk of blind […]

How Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Can Help You Stay Safe

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, but there are things you can do to reduce the risk of an accident or serious injury. One of the most important precautions is to obey California state law and always wear a motorcycle helmet when you ride, but did you know that a helmet can do more than […]

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 the road. Knowing and following these laws could help reduce your risk of an accident […]

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 incident. Our trusted motorcycle accident lawyers in Sacramento have created a list […]

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 is the only state in the U.S. to allow lane splitting. The U.S. Department […]

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 the motorcycle to sustain severe burns. They were pronounced dead at […]

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 a pothole can jolt your front suspension and possibly damage […]

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. Vehicle drivers also have responsibilities to drive defensively and create a safer highway environment for motorcyclists. There […]

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 increased 23 percent since 2010. The recent data shows a reverse of an earlier trend, wherein fatal motorcycle crashes were in […]

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 frequently fail to notice or adjust their driving to accommodate nearby motorcyclists, which can result in devastating accidents. For these […]

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 motorcyclists drive in between lanes in order to bypass traffic, is a frequent, though somewhat dangerous, occurrence. In […]