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California accident lawyerEveryone has an equal right to use the road, whether they are driving a car, truck, or SUV, operating a tractor-trailer truck, or riding a motorcycle. However, out of these groups of drivers, motorcyclists are often at the highest risk of injury, since they do not have the protection or safety features provided by larger vehicles.

When you drive, you should do everything you can to follow good safety practices. This will not only reduce your own risk of injury, but it will help everyone else who shares the road with you stay safe as well. Unfortunately, many drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles, or they do not pay enough attention to them. By following these tips, you can help keep everyone safe on the road and avoid motorcycle accidents:

  1. Watch for lane splitting - In California, it is legal for motorcyclists to ride in between lanes of vehicles traveling in the same direction, although the California Highway Patrol recommends that motorcycles should not drive more than 10 miles per hour faster than surrounding vehicles, and they should only drive between lanes when vehicles are moving at 30 miles per hour or slower. Drivers should be aware of any motorcycles that are lane splitting when they change lanes.

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San Jose personal injury attorneyRiding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also lead to dangerous situations depending on how the rider and car drivers share the road. Experienced riders may feel more comfortable making maneuvers, such as lane splitting through traffic, that other riders may not, but even experienced riders can get injured if they make a move alongside a careless driver or without exercising due caution.

What Is Lane Splitting?

Lane splitting is not considered illegal in California although it is not expressly permitted under any law in the state. A motorcycle rider lane splits when he rides his motorcycles in between traffic lanes. California is the only state that does not outlaw lane splitting. Lane splitting can be dangerous for the rider and for the cars because a driver may not necessarily be expecting a motorcycle to be lane splitting, and may make a move into the other lane and collide into the rider. In addition, a rider could hit a car and fall into oncoming traffic, getting seriously injured or killed in the process. However, one of the biggest advantages of lane splitting to riders is that they avoid the risk of sitting in traffic and getting rear ended by other cars driven by distracted drivers waiting out a traffic jam.

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San Jose car accident lawyerAnyone who owns and operates a car or a motorcycle on California roads is required to carry insurance to cover property damage and personal injury in the event of an accident. The liability insurance a car or motorcycle owner secures must cover minimum property damage as well as personal injury. The minimum limits on the insurance are the same for motorcycles and for vehicles. The minimum insurance coverage required is as follows:

  • $15,000 for injury or death to one person;
  • $30,000 for injury or death to more than one person; and
  • $5,000 for damage to property.

Anyone purchasing insurance may purchase additional coverage beyond these minimum amounts, and that is often the smart thing to do because these minimums would not be likely to cover the medical bills or property damages in a major car accident that results in catastrophic injuries.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

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