Michael Padway & Associates logo

Motorcycle Blog

Welcome to the Michael Padway & Associates Motorcycle Blog

We are not just lawyers representing motorcyclists. We’re riders, advocates and junkies for any newsworthy events in the motorcycle community. Michael Padway & Associates is here not only to provide excellent representation during your court case, but to educate you on motorcycle safety and protect a beloved American pastime with a great motorcycle blog!

Here in the Motorcycle Blog, you’ll find tasty tidbits on current events on the motorcycle community including news on motorcycle laws and local events. We’ll provide you with detailed product reviews, breaking down the best and worst of safety gear. You’ll also get groundbreaking updates on technological advancements in motorcycle specification and safety technology. We’ll help keep you safe with motorcycle safety tips and resources while helping you gear up for your next ride with unique local destinations to visit.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Protecting Yourself after a Car Accident

Protecting yourself after an accident is imperative! Below, Aaron Crane, an experienced car accident lawyer at Cantor Crane, explains how you can protect yourself after an accident. Practically every driver is going to be involved in at least one auto accident in their lifetime. We might all hope that these accidents are nothing more than a minor fender bender that gets resolved quickly, but that is not always the case. Some drivers and motorcycle riders will find themselves locked in an escalat... Read more

What’s Up with Harley?

For years Harley Davidson has been on the upswing, so recent slow sales have been disturbing, and not just to the companies stockholders. The consensus is that Harley owners have been getting older, as a group, and the average age is now a serious issue.  After all, unfortunately, no one can keep riding for ever.  Many older riders are choosing to hang it up. The result is that Harley needs to make an abrupt shift from its traditional $20,000 motorcycles to something more attractive to you... Read more

Motorcycle Speeding Ticket, Fight it?

As we get through the heart of winter, for some reason I started reading about speeding tickets.  If you go on the internet, you can't help but notice there is a huge business fighting traffic tickets.  For a few hundred bucks, these services mostly help you prepare for a trial by declaration, meaning you send in your defense by mail, and hope it flies. The whole topic got me wondering about the statistics involved, since we all know that traffic tickets are seen primarily as a cash cow by... Read more

Sharai Lithium Ion Motorcycle Battery

Motorcyclists are notorious for having multiple bikes, and some of us are notorious for storing their motorcycles during bad weather. Motorcycle batteries are an irritation, because they are small, and typically they don't last long.  Riders spend too much time and money buying battery chargers and futzing around with them. Even at that, all too often, we can't ride without going out and getting a new battery.  If we're lucky, we can ride to a dealership, maybe after getting a boost to sta... Read more

Motorcycle Braking – Hard and Fast

Keith Code has another great column in Motor Cyclist on braking. He never fails to get me thinking. Of course, the bottom line here is that most riders have a terrific fear of hard braking. Stoppies are for stunt riders. The rest of us want both wheels planted firmly on the road. Hard braking is also feared as a way of causing the bike to slide out. Not a good thing, and anything close brings that awful feeling to the gut. On the other hand, even if you are going to hit, hard braking ... Read more

Bremco, Jeff Zalinski, Butler Leaky Roof

When I built my new building, I made the mistake of using a contractor named Jeff Zallinski who works as Bremco of Northern California. He was recommended by Butler Manufacturing. I wanted to build a Butler Building, because I represented them once as an attorney, and I believed they make a very high quality pre-engineered building. I didn't have a contractor to build the building, so I asked for, and took, their recommendation. At the end of the day, Bremco contracted with a subcontrac... Read more

The Oakland Motorcycle Lawyer’s Awesome Client Centric Office

As many of you know, about a year ago I moved into a building I put up in Oakland for my law office. Having spent so many years in a high rise, I wanted something that was more comfortable for my clients, and for me. I wanted parking, I wanted an open kitchen like a giant starbucks, I wanted comfortable places to meet and talk with clients, I wanted a lot of big skylights, and on and on.  Of course, we have an 80 inch screen for presentations of our clients cases. There was no way I ... Read more

“Motorcycle Attorney” Sued for Malpractice

I warn people all the time that there are lawyers out there advertising themselves as "motorcycle attorneys".  These ads are no guarantee.  The Daily Record reports that an attorney who advertises for motorcycle accidents, was sued by a former client who was injured in a 2006 motorcycle accident. According to the Daily Record, the client was injured in a 2006 accident.  The client claims the attorney missed a critical deadline to disclose expert witnesses, and then failed to let the clien... Read more

Million Motorcycle Miles Without Accident?

One of the best motorcycle accident experts I ever met was "Luke Lucarelli."  They called him the "Million Mile Motorcyclist".  He set up a training program for the CHP, and he rode over a million motorcycle miles without an accident.  How many of us can match THAT record? Lucarelli believed, and proved, that it was possible to ride many, many miles on a motorcycle without having an accident. On the other hand, we know that some accidents are clearly unavoidable.  Primary among these o... Read more

Is Lane Splitting Safe? Safer?

One of the biggest topics in motorcycle riding has been lane splitting. Car drivers hate it. Motorcycle riders would find it hard to live without it. Now legislation in several states is being considered that will make it legal. California has allowed it for many years. This is a debate that has been without data points for a long time. The Hurt report released in 1981 didn't really address it. The 2009 Maids report used statistics from countries that don't allow it, and they didn't dig very ... Read more