What does California law say about carrying passengers on a motorcycle and if there is are injuries to a passengers on motorcycles, who is responsible? As a personal injury lawyer who routinely handles motorcycle collision claims, this is an issue that I deal with quite frequently. There are various provisions of the California Vehicle Code and general negligence laws that come into play in analyzing these issues. I wanted to try to answer some of the common questions that come up in this post.
Is it legal to carry someone on the back of my bike?
The answer to this question, like most legal questions is, it depends. The main provision of law in play is California Vehicle Code §27800 which mandates that it is unlawful to carry another person on a motorcycle as a passenger unless: