Posts from February 2022.

1.       Does California have motorcycle helmet laws?

Yes, California has laws that apply to riders and passengers of motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and motorized bicycles.

California’s motorcycle helmet laws are some of the most stringent in the nation, applying to all motorcycle riders and passengers regardless of age.  Such helmet laws are known as “universal” helmet laws.

Other states, like Michigan and Florida, require helmets for motorcycle riders and passengers under 21 years old.  Still others, like Arizona and Hawaii, require helmets for motorcycle riders and ...

1.       What is lane splitting?

California drivers often see motorcyclists whiz by on the freeway, squeaking by, either in the same lane or between the two far left lanes.  This practice is called “lane splitting.”  And it is generally legal in California.

The California Vehicle Code defines lane splitting as “driving a motorcycle . . . between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane . . . .”[1] 

This lane-splitting law, which went into effect in 2017, also tasked the California Highway Patrol with developing “educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner ...

What is a statute of limitations?

A “statute of limitations” is a law that sets a time limit on when a particular claim must be filed in court. 

Defendants frequently assert the statute of limitations as a defense to lawsuits.  And subject to a few exceptions, outlined below, a person who attempts to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, would likely have their case dismissed.  This means the person might not receive any compensation for an injury caused by someone else.

Why are there statutes of limitations?

The primary purpose of statutes of limitations is to ...

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