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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.

Sidi Motorcycle Boots Review

A month ago, no one could have convinced me that I would spend 500 bucks for a pair of motorcycle boots.  Now, a month later, the price is long forgotten (almost).When my Alpinestars bit the dust, I did a canvass of half a dozen motorcycle shops, comparing feature for feature.  I read reviews, I talked to other riders, I hit the online forums, and I soul searched for my own balance point in the safety/comfort/hassle continuum.By way of disclosure, as an attorney handling motorcycle a... Read more

Benefits of Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Helmets

Although the research and development of helmet technology began in the 1930’s, it wasn’t until the mid to late-1950’s that carbon fiber technology was introduced. What was once a problematic and inefficient development, lead to one of the strongest fibers to be used in motorcycle helmet construction.What sets carbon fiber technology apart from other materials is the alignment of atoms that make up the material. The carbon fiber itself typically measures only 5 micrometers in diameter ... Read more

Fools Gear Cool Gear Motorcycle Infographic

An oldie but a goodie, heres a great motorcycle infographic from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. I love this infographic because it so perfectly sums up how i feel about motorcycle protection: Here's why you should wear it, and more importantly, you're a fool if you dont. ... Read more

What you need to know about Foreign Motorcycle Insurance

If you’re planning to bring your motorcycle into a foreign country for touring, you may be required to purchase Foreign motorcycle insurance or temporary “green card” motorcycle insurance. Chances are that your current policy does not cover international travel, so its important to establish whether a) the country you’re traveling to requires insurance b) which new policy you’ll be purchasing. It’s also important to note that most countries, including the United States will not relea... Read more

Deciding Between Motorcycle Repair & Replacement

If your bike is not eligible for a motorcycle repair, you are entitled to the cost of a replacement motorcycle, including accessories. Often, there is a dispute because the motorcycle has more financing owed that it has value.Another source of dispute is that, after using the motorcycle, it has a depreciated value. Insurance companies are often difficult to deal with, because they don’t understand the intricacies and many models of motorcycles. They value them based on insurance databa... Read more

New CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines

Early 2013, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced new lane splitting guidelines on www.chp.ca.gov. Their list of safety tips is really more specific than “general” as it gives you a technical definition of what lane splitting is, before even getting into lane splitting “best practices”. As defined by the CHP, “the term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower mo... Read more

Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State

Some states may fine you up to $1000 for not riding with a helmet. State helmet laws and violations vary by each state, and your state may carry a stiffer fine than you might think.  Also, this is especially important if you are planning to travel across state lines. If you're planning a road trip that crosses these borders, or would like to learn more about your own state's helmet laws, check out our chart and infographic below.  %CODE1% Embed the graphic by copying and pasting this co... Read more

How To Choose The Safest Motorcycle Helmet

Photo: Riders DiscountIn a crash, the right helmet can mean the difference between living and dying.I am frequently asked to make a recommendation for the best motorcycle helmets.  As a motorcycle journalist, and a practicing attorney handling head injury and occasional defective helmet cases, I have many years of personal experience with helmet use, and vicarious experience with helmet performance in actual accidents.Choosing a helmet always seems to start with the question of wh... Read more

Motorcycle Accident Statistics Don’t Lie

Motorcycle accident statistics from all sources continue to prove that motorcycle helmet laws save lives. Government and privately conducted studies report motorcycle accident statistics and the effectiveness of helmets and the impact of helmet laws in reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities. The motorcycle accident statistics reported from some these studies are cited below.In its Report to Congress: Benefits of Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets, The National Highway Tra... Read more

One Point Five Seconds? Accident Reconstruction Truth

A car is going to make a left hand turn in front of you. How much time will you really have? Are you going to survive, or will you be toast? What happens, second by second, to determine who makes it, and who gets hurt? We know that time, speed, and distance are all involved, but how do things really happen?Most law-enforcement investigators and accident reconstructionists who are not trained in motorcycle accidents make a simple analysis based on the assumption that it takes the rider .75 se... Read more