When the New Year begins, California will be the only state in which lane-splitting is legal. Lane splitting is when you ride your motorcycle between lanes of traffic, particularly when other vehicles are stopped or roads are congested.
Even though many laws already exist in California prohibiting the use of cellphones while behind the wheel, many drivers in the Golden State don't appear to be getting the message.
Quite simply, every time you get behind the wheel you risk being in an accident. While you may try to be a safe and conscientious driver, you cannot control when others decide to drink and drive or run a stop sign - thus putting your life in danger.
Generally, yes, under California's dog bite statute, dog owners are absolutely responsible for any injuries caused when their dogs bite, even if the dog in question has never been violent before.
Even though California has many laws - and several court opinions - that say owners of dangerous dogs may be criminally liable if their dogs attack or bite others, the truth of the matter is that dog owners rarely face criminal charges.
Even though most people would like to believe their dogs would never bite an innocent person, the truth of the matter is dog attacks occur all the time - and often involve dogs that have never shown signs of violence.
In many cases, yes, homeowners' insurance will cover injuries caused by dogs, including dog bites and attacks.
Dog bites and attacks aren't only terrifying and painful, but often unexpected. One minute you may be walking down the sidewalk enjoying your day, and the next, fending off a vicious dog. In some instances, you may simply be doing your job when a dog attacks you out of nowhere.
San Diego prides itself on being one of the finest cities in the world. Unfortunately when it comes to dog attacks on United States Postal Service (USPS) workers, San Diego is one of the worst. The nation-wide ranking of most dog bites involving United States Postal Service workers for 2013 was released last month, and once again San Diego has some of highest incidents of dogs attacking postal carriers. San Diego ranked 4th on the list with 53 dog bites.
In February, we reported that the owner of an Akita was arrested on felony charges after the dog bit a child at a Lowe’s store in Murrieta, California. The man’s criminal defense lawyer reportedly has dog-bite cases are typically handled as civil matters. A judge presiding in the felony criminal case acknowledged in the preliminary hearing that dog attacks are often civil matters, but the judge found sufficient evidence for the criminal case to go forward.