Many drivers in cars and trucks will break various traffic laws. This can involve speeding, illegal turns, using devices while driving, or other violations. Ideally, they can get a ticket for these moving violations before causing harm to others. Some who ride motorcycles also break the rules. Still, the higher potential of injury should cause them to rethink their reckless impulses and even educate themselves to ensure compliance.
Important rules to remember
Here are some special rules for riders to remember when on their bike:
- Lane splitting: California is the only state that allows lane splitting. Lane splitters can go no more than 10 mph faster than the traffic around them and should not do it near the entrance and exit ramps.
- Turn signals: Bikes built and registered after 1973 must have functioning turn signals, so it is wise to make sure they work.
- License: There are three types of motorcycle licenses — M1 for all two-wheel motorcycles, M2 for motorized bicycles, mopeds and scooters, and Class C for three-wheel motorcycles or motorcycles with a sidecar.
- Helmet: The state requires riders to use a DOT-compliant helmet, which provides optimum safety.
- Insurance: Riders must carry a motorcycle policy with $5,000 for property damage, $15,000 for physical injury of individuals and $30,000 for injuries to multiple people.
- Title and tags: Owners need to have a valid title and up-to-date tags.
Compliance helps win cases
Most normal traffic laws apply to bikers as well. While it is still possible to win settlements while being partially at fault, those who follow the rules of the road are often better able to hold negligent drivers in other vehicles accountable.