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Are Boats Required to Have Insurance in California?

  California law does not require boaters to insure their boats. Despite California’s policy on boater’s insurance, it is wise to get coverage to minimize risks to your personal assets. Boating insurance is like car or home insurance; it covers

Motorcycle Accidents in the Summer

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With weather temperatures increasing, four wheeled vehicles will be sharing the road with more motorcycles. The month of May is known as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which raises awareness for the importance of drivers to be aware of the increased risks of motorcycle casualties and injuries during the summer months.

Motorcycles are smaller vehicles compared to those with which they share the roads and can be difficult to spot for other drivers. This prevents other drivers from yielding when needed, or giving motorcycles the right of way, leading to a surge in collisions. Frequently drivers are on the lookout for vehicles other than motorcycles and can be caught off guard when a motorcycle approaches. Due to the lack of protection on motorcycles, there is a greater chance of a motorcycle rider sustaining a serious injury in a collision.

There are many factors that can result in motorcycle accidents such as speeding, inattentiveness, or vehicles being driven by alcohol-impaired drivers. A driver’s increased use of technology also causes distracted driving on the road, ultimately leading to an increased risk of a collision with a motorcycle. A rider’s injuries can vary depending on the vehicle’s speed, the location of the collision, and whether there were any other proper safety precautions avoided by both the driver and the rider.

The National Safety Council (NSC), which compiles and publishes annual statistics of motorcycle injuries and deaths, reported a total of 4,976 motorcycle rider and passenger crashes in 2015. They also reported 88,000 nonfatal motorcycle injuries within the same year. Additionally, the NSC has compiled data which shows there has been an overall increase in motorcycle accidents over recent years because of the increase in motorcycle riders on the road.

Overall, there seems to be an increased trend of riding motorcycles because of easy accessibility and an increase in popularity. The roads are also seeing an increase in motorcycles by “re-entry riders,” who decide to re-enter the roads again as motorcycle riders, often as older adults who had stopped riding motorcycles at an earlier age.

Have you or a loved one suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident recently? Call Kershaw, Cook, and Talley at (916) 779-7000 for a free case consultation.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting Now Legal In California


What is motorcycle lane splitting? 

Lane splitting, also known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, is the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic, or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light.

AB-51 Vehicles: motorcycles: lane splitting.

On August 19, 2016, California became the first state to make lane-splitting by motorcyclists legal when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51  (AB 51) into law, authorizing the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to develop guidelines for riders.

AB 51 states, “This bill would define “lane splitting” as driving a motorcycle, that has 2 wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, as specified. The bill would authorize the Department of the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist, drivers, and passengers, as specified. The bill would require the department, in developing these guidelines, to consult with specified agencies and organizations with an interest in road safety and motorcyclist behavior.”

Four R’s of Lane Splitting from the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP)

Be Reasonable: Do not drive more than 10 miles per hour (MPH) faster than other traffic and avoid lane splitting when traffic flow is 30 MPH or faster.

Be Responsible: Not only are you responsible for your own safety but also for the safety of your passenger and other motorists. A rule of thumb, “If you can’t fit, don’t split”. Motorcyclists who lane split must obey all existing traffic laws. Never ride while impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue.

Be Respectful: Share the road, and lane split in a safe and prudent manner.

Be aware of Road and traffic conditions: Consider your environment, including the width of the lanes, size of surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather, and lighting conditions. Scan for changing conditions.

Common Road Hazards: 

Contact a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcyclists do not have as much protection as other types of motor vehicles. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injury or death. 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers failing to see the motorcyclist driving near them. Motorcycle riders, and their passengers, generally carry the weight of protecting themselves from the carelessness of other vehicles on the roadways- even though they have the same rights as other motorists.

If you were seriously injured, or a loved one was killed, in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call our motorcycle accident attorneys to learn about your legal rights.

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