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Must you wear a motorcycle helmet in California?

Helmet laws for motorcyclists are decided by the state governments, not the federal government, so they can differ vastly from one state to the next. They are also subject to change at times; for example, Michigan used to have laws dictating that helmets had to be used, but the state recently dropped that law so that they no longer do. If you live in California or if you plan on riding through, do you need to have a helmet on?

In short, you absolutely do. California law states that all people who ride motorcycles must wear them, and there are no exemptions. Unlike some states, which only require those under 18 to wear them, California has a law making it so that people of all ages have to use them.

Your financial damages after a motorcycle accident

After a motorcycle accident in California, you may have the ability to claim certain damages in a lawsuit, especially if the other driver caused the crash -- perhaps by turning left in front of your bike, for example. It is very important that you know what damages you can claim and when you have a legal right to do so, as this can have serious financial implications.

First of all, you may want to claim compensation for medical bills associated with your injuries. Common injuries include the following:

Areas most commonly bitten by dogs in California and elsewhere

When people are attacked by dogs in California, they may only suffer minor injuries, or they may be injured to the point that they have to go to the hospital. First aid is recommended -- such as washing out the bite, using disinfectant and then bandaging the area -- for minor bites, but a doctor should always be seen for more serious puncture wounds, which could become infected.

One interesting thing about dog bite statistics is that the age of the person being attacked plays a large role in the damage that is done. For adults, the extremities are most often bitten. Hands and arms top the list, but an adult's legs or feet may also be harmed.

Man dies in Lyft accident near Sacramento

A car service known as Lyft was involved in a recent accident near Sacramento, California, in which a passenger in the car was killed. According to police, it was raining heavily at the time. They are now sorting through the crash to determine who is at fault. This is big for the family of the young man who was killed -- he was just 24 years old -- and for the car service company.

The crash involved multiple vehicles. Reports indicate that it began when a car ran into the back of a Kia. The Kia went out of control, stopped and then stalled in the highway. The other vehicle fled the scene.

Showing that California drivers have been negligent

Trucking is a serious industry in California, and it comes with a lot of responsibility. Semi drivers are held to a higher level of responsibility than most drivers, due to the rules and regulations that govern the way that they can operate their vehicles. These include things like:

- Keeping a log of the hours driven and stops made.

Can you prevent dog bites in California?

No one wants to be bitten by a dog, and there are some things that you can do in California to keep this from happening. For example, you may want to read up on different breeds and their temperaments when you are trying to decide what dog to get as a family pet. You can then pick one that will be good for your family and that pose a lesser risk than some other breeds might.

Of course, many bites come from dogs that are not owned by those who are bitten. If you do not know a dog -- it could be a stray or a dog on someone's property -- do not go near it. You may be tempted to pet it, especially if you have a pet dog of your own, but this is opening yourself up for a potential attack.

2 crashes in California take 10 lives

A pair of crashes in California left a staggering 10 people dead in their wake. In one of the accidents, four young people who passed away had all just graduated together, as they were classmates in high school. Police are now investigating to see what caused both fiery wrecks to occur.

One of the crashes involved a driver who was unlicensed, despite being 16 years old. The driver alone survived the crash, but five others were not so fortunate. The accident happened out on Interstate 5, and the car apparently slammed into a guardrail before leaving the roadway, flipping over and burning.

Common causes of bike wrecks and injuries suffered in California

Many times, cyclists who are involved in accidents in California are not at fault. After all, they have to share the road with motorists, pedestrians and even other bikers. There are many ways that accidents can be caused by the inattentiveness or the careless actions of other people on the road, including the following:

- Cars driving in the bike lane.

Vicious dogs and the impact of an attack

The majority of dogs are not vicious at all, which is why people love to keep them as household pets as they have for centuries. However, there are always outliers. It is important to know when a dog is considered to be vicious and what can be done about it.

In California, a dog that bites someone once is not automatically considered to be "vicious" in a legal sense. This term is only used for a dog that is involved in two or more such incidents. At that point, this is considered to be a trend, and special consideration is needed.

Injury statistics for cyclists in California and elsewhere

Cyclists are injured in accidents in California every year. Looking at the overall statistics for these injuries in the United States, as presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other groups, can help to shed some light on how often these crashes take place.

First of all, the number of deaths from bike crashes has stayed roughly the same over the last decade. Looking at the deaths in 2001, it shows that there were 732, whereas there were 726 in 2012. This is a drop, though not a substantial one.

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