What You Should Know about Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle can put you at a greater risk for injuries if you are involved in an accident. Acknowledging this risk requires you to be over-prepared for any worst-case scenario. Some ways to better prepare yourself on the road include being aware of California helmet laws, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California, and what to do if you’ve been involved in an accident. Having a plan can allow you to be a smarter driver and protect yourself if you happen to open a personal injury claim in the future.

California Helmet Laws

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately common and can result in very serious injuries, if not death. The California law required all motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times while riding. Please follow the law to protect yourself and always wear a helmet on the roads.

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

Many factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident in California. The most common causes of these incidents combine road and weather conditions with negligence behind the wheel. The combination of these causes can lead to serious injuries. The following factors often contribute to 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 steps should if I am involved in an accident?

If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to have a plan. We have listed the initial steps to take while on the scene of the accident to protect yourself, especially if you have received injuries:

  1. Call 911. The police and ambulances should arrive on the scene to conduct a police report and to treat injuries. The police will also be able to redirect traffic if necessary. Once you are treated medically, be sure to collect all medical documents. Be sure that these medical documents include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  2. Collect the other driver’s insurance information as well as their name, address, and contact information. It is best if you keep this conversation as short and polite as possible.
  3. Take photos or videos of the scene of the accident including damage to the vehicles and property as well as injuries sustained.
  4. Collect witnesses’ information. They may be able to later support your personal injury claim.
  5. Contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer. They will help you to navigate the claims process and recover any compensation you are entitled to regarding lost wages, emotional distress, medical expenses, and lost earning potential.

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

The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in California is a two-year time period from the date of your injuries. You have two years to take legal action against the negligent party involved in your motorcycle accident. It is important to take action as soon as possible in order to recover the compensation you deserve. Do not wait to reach out to a California personal injury attorney to discuss your case.


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.