Aid to Injured Motorcyclists

Aim Attorneys and Motorcycle Laws by State

California A.I.M. Attorneys

Richard M.Lester
7334 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Suite 200
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Sacramento Office
1124 2nd Street
Old Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (800) On-A-Bike (800-662-2453)

Joseph M. Lester
7334 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Suite 200
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Bakersfield Office
1527 19th Street
Suite 206
San Luis Obispo Office
1555 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Santa Barbara Office
610 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: (800) On-A-Bike (800-662-2453)

Sam Eagle
Law Offices of Richard M. Lester
8201 Mary Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone: (800) On-A-Bike (800-662-2453)

Craig B. Close
Close Associates Law Offices
12954 Sierra Drive East
Truckee, CA 96161

Phone: (800) On-A-Bike (800-662-2453)

Helmet Laws


  • Helmets Required for all riders.

Miscellaneous Motorcycle Laws

State Funded Rider Education Available for all eligible applicants. Required under age 21. May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed.
Daytime Use Of Headlight Required by law for vehicles manufactured during or after 1978. Modulating headlight permitted.
Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger.
Passenger Footrests Required if carrying a passenger.
Helmet Speakers Single earphone only.
Mirror Required by law.
Periodic Safety Inspection Random inspections, required by law.
65 MPH Speed Limit In effect on designated rural interstate highways.

NCOM Region

REGION I : Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Anti-Discrimination Law


The Unruh Civil Rights Act (C-C Section 51 et seq) provides that "All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or blindness or other physical disability are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever." Any person whose exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States has been interfered with, or attempted to be interfered with may institute and prosecute a civil action for injunctive and other appropriate equitable relief, including the award of compensatory monetary damages.

The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Cohen V. California 403 US 15 (1971) that individuals have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court Thus, a person's right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice is constitutionally protected and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club membership are subject to lawsuit.

Don't subject yourself to civil and criminal penalties and to expensive and time consuming lawsuits. Don't discriminate against people wearing colors or motorcycle attire.

Don't Settle For Any Plan Attorney - Hire experts who specialize in motorcycle cases

California motorcycle accidents can and do happen - and according to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), nearly 80 percent of motorcycle accidents are either fatal or cause injuries. Bottom line: if you're on the road, there's a likelihood you might be involved in a California motorcycle accident. Luckily, a knowledge of California laws pertaining to motorcycles and an understanding of your legal rights can do much to protect you from an accident and help you if you do get into trouble.

California motorcycle accident laws are similar to those in other states. However, a few California-specific laws do apply. For example, California is the only state in the nation that permits lane splitting, a practice in which a motorcyclist shares a lane with another vehicle on a road or highway in order to "squeeze" past slow or creeping traffic. California motorcyclists must wear helmets at all times and must carry liability insurance at all times. In order to legally drive a motorcycle in California, you must possess a Class M1 or M2 license and pass a skills test. The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers motorcycle safety courses, which are mandatory for motorcycle drivers under the age of 21 and may reduce the insurance costs of drivers over 21.

Motorcycle accidents can occur due to various causes, including mechanical failures, driver inexperience, driver fatigue or adverse weather conditions. In addition, motorcyclists are placed at additional risk by automobile drivers, who often do not notice or know how to share the road with motorcyclists. If you are involved in a motorcycle/automobile crash, be ready to document the scene of the accident and exchange as much information with the other party as possible, including driver's license number, license plate number, and insurance information.

Even if insurance gets involved in your California motorcycle accident, it is important to protect your legal rights. Never sign a document that is presented to you by an adverse insurance company without having an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer review it for you. And never enter into insurance negotiations alone. Having an aggressive motorcycle attorney on your side can not only help you obtain a favorable settlement with another party's insurer - it can also protect your legal rights in civil or criminal lawsuits that might stem from your California motorcycle accident. Hiring the right motorcycle attorney can help you recover the money you deserve in a case in which you are injured or your property is damaged through a California motorcycle accident.

Richard M. Lester and all the attorneys at AIM (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) have recovered over $200 million for clients injured in motorcycle accidents. They have the legal experience you need - and are experienced riders, as well. Don't settle for a single lawyer - hire the legal team that can help you recover cash for your motorcycle injury. Contact AIM at 800-ON-A-BIKE for your free consultation today.

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