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July 2014 Archives

Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Guidelines Tossed in California

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about lane-splitting in California, and how to do it as safely as possible so as to minimize your chances of getting crushed, doored or destroyed. California is the only state in the country that allows this controversial practice, and many riders hail it as a great way to navigate the traffic jams the state is notorious for. In that blog post, I included a list of safety guidelines largely based on material I found posted on the California Highway Patrol website. Some of the ideas included splitting only in the farthest left lanes, only riding 10 mph faster than the flow of traffic, and splitting only when traffic is moving at a rate of 30 mph or slower.

Jury Awards $18 Million to Giants Fan Beaten at Dodgers Stadium

Most San Francisco Giants fans likely remember the brutal beating of Bryan Stow, which took place when Stow and a couple friends went down to watch the Giants play their first game of the 2011 season at Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles. Well, after years of litigation and the sentencing of Stow's assailants (who received 4 and 8 years in prison, respectively), a jury has found that the Dodgers organization was partly responsible for the attack, awarding Stow $18 million in damages.

Five Ways To Stay Safe This Fourth of July

Summer is in full swing, and Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner. But while the upcoming holiday is great for grilling with friends, hanging out at the beach, watching fireworks or sailing in the San Francisco Bay, it's also important to be safe. This holiday has notoriously high accident rates, so it's a good idea to take some precautions in order to avoid car crashes, fireworks mishaps or other injuries.

What to Know About GM's Compensation Fund

Just hours after GM announced its plan to compensate victims of accidents involving defective ignition switches, the automaker recalled a whopping 8.2 million more vehicles. This raises the total number of cars recalled to 29 million, more than the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers combined in 2013.

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