Guide to Motorcycle Laws
Accidents happen and mistakes can be made, but if you follow these simple tips, we guarantee your next ride to be a lot smoother.
You may hate helmets, but that doesn’t mean you have a choice on whether to wear one! Helmet laws vary from state to state. This can be confusing and problematic, particularly for motorcyclists planning a multi-state trip. Below is a list of motorcycle helmet laws, by state:
*This list is for informational purposes, and you should note that these laws change from time to time, so it’s always a good idea to verify when planning a trip.
Stopped By a Cop “Do’s and Don’t’s”
Being stopped by the police can be intimidating. Your best defense is to know your rights. Below are some “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” when dealing with the boys in blue. Also, check out our Stopped By a Cop page.
- Keep your hands where the cop can see them.
- Remember that any admission of wrong doing can (and will) be used against you!
- Think before you say or do anything.
- Write down everything you remember about the incident after it is over, including the cop’s name.
- Try to find witnesses and take down their contact information, especially if the cop was abusive or committed an illegal and/or unconsented search of you or your bike.
- Get the name/badge number of the police officer.
- Don’t get into an argument with the cop.
- Don’t give a false name. This can lead to serious trouble.
- Don’t run. Don’t resist.
- Don’t touch the cop.
- Don’t complain or tell the cop you are going to file a complaint. Don’t threaten the cop.
- Don’t make sudden moves, and don’t reach into your pockets unless requested to do so by the cop.
- Don’t admit to illegal activity!
Remember above all else to be cooperative, keep your cool, and keep your mouth shut! Tell them you have nothing more to say until you speak to an attorney.
If you have any questions regarding motorcycle laws, or if you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident and would like to discuss your options, our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help. We handle motorcycle accident cases throughout California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Please send us an email or call our toll-free hotline. There is never any charge or obligation for our initial consultation and case evaluation.