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2019 Electric Scooter Helmet Laws in California

Helmet laws surrounding electric scooters have recently undergone a change in the state of California. Helmet laws are generally put in place to protect motorists from sustaining an injury, should they be involved in an accident, collision, or sustain a fall. The state previously required all riders to wear a helmet, but the recent changes now offer a much less strict approach to the previously held law. The changes are now causing controversy among California residents from both sides. Previous Helmet Law California’s previous helmet laws held that all riders – even adult riders – were required to wear a…

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Which Is Better in San Francisco? Uber or Lyft?

In big cities like San Francisco, transportation services are essential to travel anywhere in a timely manner. Trolleys, taxi cabs, cable cars – a multitude of options are available when deciding how to get around the city. However, ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are edging out more traditional forms of transit in San Francisco’s transportation scene. Of these two highly competitive ride-sharing moguls, which is the best? Price Difference Price is the most competitive aspect of both Uber and Lyft. Both companies charge their passengers roughly $1 to initiate a ride and add $1.50 to that base fee for each…

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What to Do After a Car Collision in 2019

Car accidents cause confusion and stress, which can distract the drivers involved. This prevents the driver from making informed decisions at the moment. A driver who learns about the specific steps involved in the aftermath of a collision is a driver that is more likely to record key details in future accidents. Stay With Your Car  If either party sustained an injury during the collision, remain at the scene. Call the police and notify them of the accident and injury. The police are liable to charge any individual who leaves the scene of an accident with hit-and-run. A hit-and-run charge…

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California Electric Scooter Laws

Electric scooter laws exist to prevent accidents caused by unsafe scootering practices. California’s electric scooter laws have recently changed, taking effect this year. The most discussed change in California’s law is its helmet law. San Francisco residents have heavily debated this law, ensure that it was an acceptable change to make. What Are Bikeways & How Are They Used in San Francisco? The scooter laws in California pertain to the speed and locations in which a motorist can legally operate their electric scooter. The locations that both motorist and bicyclists utilize in travel are referred to as different classes of…

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California M1 License Updated for 2019

The requirements to obtain an M1 license in California are straightforward. A simple checklist stating the requirements to apply for this type of license is available on its own CA DMV webpage. The requirements listed on this page fulfill several different categories. Motor Training Individuals that are under 18 must complete a driver’s education, a driver’s training course, and have had their permit for 6 months. Driver’s education occurs in a classroom setting and gives the motorist the chance to visually and verbally learn about the rules associated with driving. Driver’s training is a behind-the-wheel experience that is mandatory after…

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Do I Need a Motorcycle License for a 150cc Scooter in California?

Confusion surrounding the status of electrical scooters as motor vehicles in San Francisco is common and leaves many gray areas in its proper use for the average person. Laws surrounding electrical scooters differ from state-to-state. The power component and classification of the scooter generally dictate the specific requirements for operating the vehicle. Motorcycles A motorcycle is a motor-powered vehicle with two wheels. This class of motor vehicle typically uses an engine that is larger than 150 cc. Because of its engine’s size and power output, a motorcyclist must possess and M1 class license to operate a motorcycle. The driver must…

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2019’s SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Awarded to Conor M. Kelly

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger attorney Conor M. Kelly and Andje Medina from Altair Law won the 2019 SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year competition for a case last year that netted $3,000,000 in settlement claims. The case was called Belo v Bally Hallinan Properties and it involved a property fire caused by the owner’s negligence in San Francisco that resulted in wrongful death. The award was decided by the SFTLA Board after a process of elimination with 9 other cases including cases tried by Walkup attorneys Matthew Davis, Richard Schoenberger, Michael Kelly, Justin Chou, and Joseph Nicholson.   Making this an even…

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What Is the Settlement Check Process?

The personal injury claims process can take a significant amount of time to complete. When you factor in the investigation process, pre-trial negotiations, insurance claims and medical evaluations you can look at up to a year or more to reach the end of it. However, once you complete the claims process, you can receive a significant reward: the settlement check. When you file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim, you can receive compensatory damages to recover from losses sustained in your injury. These damages can include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and…

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Are Out-of-Court Settlements Taxable?

The vast majority of personal injury claims settle outside of court. Very few reach conclusions by a jury verdict. While this may seem like an easier resolution for the parties involved, it is vital for a plaintiff who receives a settlement outside of court to acknowledge his or her financial obligations. After receiving an out-of-court settlement, the plaintiff will not only need to handle his or her attorney’s fees, but the IRS may also expect a portion of the settlement. The attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have more than 50 years of experience with civil claims in California…

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2019’s Safest Cars For A New Driver

Shopping for a new car can be equal parts exciting and frustrating; looking at all your available options can be fun, but it can also be difficult to find one that meets your needs. If you are a new driver shopping for a vehicle, or a parent looking for a vehicle for your teen who just earned his or her driver’s license, safety and being car accident-free is likely one of your top priorities. Newer drivers are statistically more likely to get into accidents than seasoned drivers, so vehicle safety should be a top priority for any new driver looking…

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