REGION I : Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF CLOTHING OR CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS ILLEGAL
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
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.
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
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.
All money from will go directly toward fighting adverse motorcycle legislation.
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