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5 Must-Know Motorcycle Laws in California

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These Motorcycle Laws Help You on the Road

No true rider ever wants to be the conformist who never strays from the well-trodden path, the “square” who always seeks security over adventure. After all, motorcycles stand for independence and freedom on the open road. However, some riders take it too far by behaving recklessly on the road, with sheer disregard for the law. By doing this, not only are they risking getting hit with costly traffic citations and fines, but they’re also putting themselves in danger of an accident.

Truly respectable riders are able to maintain the radical motorcyclist lifestyle while keeping in spirit with the law. If you’re a rider in California, here are five state motorcycle laws you need to know:

  1. How high can I raise my handlebars? According to California law, the grips should be no more than six inches above your shoulder height when sitting astride the seat.
  2. Are turn signals required? Unless you have an old chopper that was built and first registered prior to the year 1973, you must have both front and rear turn signals on your bike. Needless to say, they must be fully functional.
  3. Are you allowed to lane split? As long as you’re lane splitting “in a safe and prudent manner,” then it’s legal. In other words, use good judgment.
  4. How loud can my motorcycle be? It depends on when your bike was manufactured. Generally, the older your bike is, the louder it can be. Visit the Triple-A website for more details.
  5. How old do I have to be to get a motorcycle license? You must be 16 years of age and have not only completed a driver’s education and training course, but also have completed a motorcycle rider training course.
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Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the laws to a tee, this does not guarantee that you will never suffer an accident. Another motorist may hit you out of negligence. If this occurs, contact the experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm immediately for legal assistance. We can get you just and fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages during recovery, pain and suffering, and more. To discuss your case in a FREE consultation with one of our dedicated legal experts, call us now at (800) 522-7274.

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