Motorcycle Accidents in California | What to Know

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in California, you may be looking to recover compensation for your damages in a personal injury claim. To learn more about taking legal action against the negligent party responsible for your accident, continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury lawyer.

What are California’s helmet laws?

California’s helmet law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times while riding.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California?

There are many factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident. The most common causes of these incidents are typically combined with road and weather conditions as well as negligence behind the wheel. The following factors contribute to motorcycle accidents in California:

  • Reckless driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drivers who are inattentive
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Poor visibility
  • Hazardous road conditions

What should I do after being injured in a motorcycle accident?

It is important that you have a plan after being injured in a motorcycle accident. While you are still on the scene of the accident, take the following steps to protect yourself:

  1. Call 911. The police will also be able to redirect traffic if necessary. They will also conduct a police report and bring medical attention to the scene.
  2. Once you are treated medically, be sure to collect all medical documents. These medical documents should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  3. Collect the other driver’s insurance information.
  4. Take photos or videos of the scene of the accident including damage to the vehicles and property as well as injuries sustained.
  5. Collect witnesses’ information including their name, phone number, and email address.
  6. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will work to recover the compensation you deserve. An attorney will help you to navigate the claims process. They will also be able to collect further evidence to support your claim such as surveillance footage of the accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in California?

The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in California is two years. This means that you will have two years to take legal action against the negligent party involved in your motorcycle accident. It is important to file your claim within this time period to avoid being permanently time-barred from suing. Do not hesitate to reach out to our California personal injury attorney to get this process started.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.