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My wife just got a traffic fine right at a 2 street

Hi There !My wife just got a traffic fine for turning right at a 2 street intersectionfrom a bike lane of a 2 lane highway in to a regular lane.“ORS 811.435 Operation of motor vehicle on bicycletrail”, paragraph 1.Paragraph 2 of the same law offers an exception."ORS 811.440 When motor vehicles may operate onbicycle lane. “Paragraph 2 of this exception states:“(2) A person may operate a motor vehicle upon a bicyclelane when:(a) Making a turn”She (my wife) wants to plead not guilty.Does she have a chance to win ?Thanks

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I am the only witness in a t and Run accident between a car

I am the only witness in a Hit and Run accident between a car and a bicycle in Albuquerque, NM. I saw the whole thing. I immediately stopped to see if the guy on the bike was OK and he was not. Another person then stopped to sit by the injured man and I got back in my car and chased the driver down who was driving away as if nothing had happened. I caught up to her and made her stop by blocking her car with mine. 911 was called and I made sure the lady drove back to the scene of the accident.The police told me to please answer my phone from a blocked number so they could talk to me. I have now been subpoenaed. Twice. The first time through the mail and today by a visit to my house from a guy at the District Attorney's office because of a change in the court date. He was not a polite guy and asked me questions about the house I live in and where I worked. I asked him if this was relevant to the case and he said no. After a two second pause, he turned around without saying anything, got in his car and left.My question is....Am I going to need an attorney because I witnessed this hit and run? Is their attorney going to grill me about my life? Or, am I there to just answer questions about the accident? If I need an attorney because I am a witness then this just exacerbates the idea of never getting involved.

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I met Lekisha last year in February at her job. She was from

I met Lekisha last year in February at her job. She was from the Virgin Islands, raising Dennis, her 6 yr old son by herself. She had no family here in Louisiana, and was working a full time job,keeping a roof over their heads, and going to school part time. Dennis's dad had only seen him 3 times since he was 10mths. Lekisha liked me in the beginning of our relationship. I liked her as well, but was trying to find some good qualities in her that resembled a good wife. After 2mths I met Dennis. The next few months we spent a lot of time on the phone, and weekends together. We went to festivals,fairs, parks,and occasionally ate at alot of restaurants. She,Dennis and I even planned and went on a trip to San Antonio. However after 7mths,she told me she would rather us be friends,to which I agreed. We never stopped talking to each other though, and went to a few more place on the weekends. I took them crabbing ,because they had never been before. She,and Dennis enjoyed it .Lekisha worked at Winn Dixie, and normally paid for a babysitter $50 to keep Dennis on weekdays, and weekends. She had been doing that for years, sometimes going out of town to let a couple watch him while she worked. Lekisha really didn't have much help, especially from Dennis's dad financially. I mean she complained about money all the time to me,but never put him on child support. When they were in a relationship he choked her till she blacked out but she never called police she just changed locks on the doors.I would be off most weekends, and was mostly free, since i was single with no kids and I had freetime. I still stood by her side, and offered to keep him to help her. So from May 31, 2015 to February 14, 2016, Lekisha dropped Dennis off to my apartment which was right around the corner from her job. This saved her time,gas and money in the long run and she knew it.Keeping Dennis For LekishaWe never stopped talking to each other though, and I never stopped being a friend to her either. She continued to drop Dennis off by my apartment, mostly on Saturdays, but some weekdays too, and I kept him all day, while she worked. While Dennis was with me she would always say, her son needs a man figure in his life, since his own dad hardly ever called him or even saw him. I got attached to Dennis, and treated him like a son I never had. For about 10 months I spent quality time with Dennis, while he was with me.Each Saturday he was with me we did something for instance : I helped Dennis with his homework, reading and writing, disciplined him, took him to church, took him to few karate classes, cooked meals for him(he was a picky eater), took him to parks to where we rode our bikes,we threw football, and frisbee together, went crabbing, went to his honoring ceremony at his school, took him to Celebration station, had him working on a car with me, took him to parades, gave him money for good behavior at school,ect,ect. There were many times Dennis had been in TOR at school,and a parent needed to be there, Lekisha would call me, and I would go on her behalf. The school staff and the kids in his class saw me there a lot and thought I was his dad. At one time they suspended Dennis at school for 2 days, it just so happened I was off from work and kept him because Lekisha had to work. Treating him well, and spending time with him must have had an impact on him . One day he asked his mother If could be his dad. It touched my heart because I didn't have a child, but he didn't have a father either.Lekisha Started Acting Strange With MeDuring this whole time Lekisha mostly called me 98% of the time. Phone records will show that Lekisha and I talked constantly almost every day and every week. She created this pattern, mostly calling me right before school, and after work for 10 months. We'd be on the phone for hours every week. However all of a sudden I stopped hearing from her. 2 weekends went by, without hearing from her. Our conversation went from 98% to .01% She started acting distant with me, and I didn't know why. The last time I had a decent conversation with her was March 3. In between the two week's, I tried calling her and she never returned my calls back. When i texted her, to see if everything was ok, she'd respond with a very short, impersonal(dry)text. Normally Lekisha was someone who had a lot to say. Either venting out about her job, Dennis misbehaving, or just conversation in general. But now had nothing to say or do with me unlike the last few months. I felt like she was avoiding me, but wasn't sure. She had acted strange at one time before. So I confronted her by sending her a text . She responded with anger. Telling me she was busy, her grandmother had died, and she needed time to grieve. I told her if my grandmother died or even if she was sick I would have told her about it. When I texted her, she never made mention of it. I did tell her that I was sorry to hear that,but she didn't back down, telling me she doesn't have to tell me about her grandmother. She need time to grieve..But even after all of that, she never bothered calling me again since that time. Every other day, I'd check in her( she and Dennis were like extended family to me by this time). Now lekisha would call me in the past venting out about Dennis acting up in school,she couldn't leave her job, but if I was off from work then I'd go. People normally brief their friends on some important things going on in their life, especially if they haven't spoken with them in a while, obviously I wasn't important enough because Lekisha never told me her grandmother died. I didn't even know her grandmother was sick, and i had checked on Lekisha during this whole time. The way I found out about her grandmother was I sent a text message to her accusing her of using me and then kicking me to the curb. She stopped communicating with me and allowed me to assume whatever I wanted to think. Obviously she didn't care about me since she had been letting someone else keep her son on weekends. I guess I became a non factor at that point. I didn't know how to take the signals. Even when I confronted her, If she was any kind of a good friend, who had sincerely ***** ***** I did for her and her son, she would had the decency to clear up any misunderstanding right away. I wasn't the one who depended on her, she was the one who depended on me and then distanced herself. What else was I to think. But she continued to argue her point, and said didn't feel I needed to know about that, not to mention all the times she called angry,venting out because her son's princepal called her at work because he was misbehaving. I was there to listen just like I was all the other 10 months.. Dennis' birthday was in March, and Lekisha never called me to remind, or thought nothing of me to mention it to me. She had changed on me. The only thing I could think was maybe she had a new boyfriend, or hooked back up with her baby's' daddy since she began bringing Dennis to there house on weekends. So I felt stupid, for all the time I invested in helping her, and to have her treat me like this in the end. She never sincerely ***** ***** appreciated me. In the end it was easier for her to give me a piece of her mind then thank me.I Went To Lekisha's JobBy the second week of the same thing, I wasn't stupid and noticed how she changed with me. She nolonger called, or responded to me. I was feeling dumb, for all the time and Saturdays,money, i put into building trust and hopefully a friendship. If nothing else I deserved respect. i confronted by text, accusing her of using me and then her having nothing to do with me. She never defended our friendship or tried to straighten things out. Instead,she got irate, told me come and get things I brought her and Dennis,( i had brought nice gifts:expensive perfume,plants, body sprays,cookware clothes, toys for Dennis,plants, a plant rack i made for her birthday,even toys i bought for her cat and dog,ect,ect ,) She later told me that she wound up throwing all of these things in the dumpster and gave away the bicycle I had bought Dennis. Sarcastically she agreed to pay me back for keeping her son. She had a nasty attitude the whole time I talked with her. She told me to leave her and her son alone. I went to her job to try to get what ever she had left, (she had told me to come get stuff i brought). I went to her job she refused to talk. had a coworker come and ask me to leave. I left . I couldn't believe how someone who i had helped, supported, comforted, took care of her son,could turn on me like that. One time her brother and sister-in-law had just given birth to her little niece and she left her dog with me for 3 days, while she and Dennis went to Oklahoma because she didn't want to pay dog care expenses. But even after all of this and thinking about all that I had done for her and Dennis over the months , a few days later I left a note on her car reminding her of her agreement to pay me. She had a cop call me and then a restraining order put on me. If I was that bad of a person how could she have trusted me keeping her son for all those months? Lekisha took advantage of me, and didn't need me anymore, and had nothing to do with me afterwards. I had told her if she could do that to a friend Lord have mercy on her enemy!!!... The whole time I knew her I treated her and her son first class. They never even knew me to use a curse word. Eventually she took me to court which I went to yesterday went before a judge (embarrassed, and humiliated, I'd never been before a judge for anything!).To have a restraining order read to me.In closing, I looked back on the whole situation, and I selflessly gave my time, money, and heart to a very shallow ungrateful undeserving and unappreciative so-called friend who used me for the convenience but got to a certain point and had nothing to do with me. Out of all the money that the Lekisha saved not bringing Dennis to daycare, she could have at least brought me a thank you card, gift or been sincerely ***** ***** never really thanked me! Most women/ single parents would have been happy with 3%of the stuff i did (i didn't include everything). But to cap off all of my contributions ,by being shunned, put on a restraining order, having all the gifts i bought throw away, insulted in the end,I'm actually angry, and distraught (i got attached to Dennis, but most likely won't ever see him again), I'm thinking of filing for emotional distress against her. Im having problems processing all of this and sleeping at night so far. ..I was used. I never harmed her or Dennis, but now in a situation as a aggressor. Which I'm not a stalker, or a crazed man. I was wronged. What do you think? I really want justice in this matter for my peace of mind. I want her to be accountable for my stress, sleepless nights, loss of appetite, ect..

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I find myself in a situation whereas I have an offer from a

I find myself in a situation whereas I have an offer from a 3rd parties insurance company to settle with me for $15k because this other party hit me while illegally traveling through a red light while I was on my motorcycle going through a green light. The police report states the other party was at fault and even cited for 2 traffic violations.Originally I had hired a lawyer and he settled the personal property portion of my case with my own insurance company already but they only covered enough to pay off the amount that I still owed on the motorcycle which was approximately $8k (the bike was relatively new and I had a bad interest rate)My attorney has since chosen to quit representing me because I caught him telling me one thing and then claiming he never made such claims. For example, having no vehicle any longer I started accumulating significant expenses using services like Uber and Lyft to get to work because my lawyer told me repeatedly "oh don't worry about it, it'll all be covered" but then he comes to me and says he can only get $15k because thats all the liability the guy has, my lawyer was going to take 1/3 of that leaving me with $10k. But my medical bill is $14k. I told my lawyer he was a liar, I didn't trust him, and I thought he was being lazy for not taking the guy to court to get more. He subsequently chose to quit and end his representation of me.Another attorney told me that if I had fired my attorney he could potentially put a lien on any settlement I received after the fact, but I did not fire him, he chose on his own accord to quit and sent me a letter to such affect. And our original agreement explicitly states that he is not entitled to any compensation if he does not successfully settlement my personal injury case.The insurance company is still offering me $15k settlement and I can not decide whether I should take the offer, or try to take him to court on my own. I have sued in small claims court in the past and am confident I can figure out what I need to do if I do decide to sue but I'm just not sure if it's worth dragging the case on or not because I've heard it could take easily a year if I decide to go that route.I've been told it's not worth it because he could very easily file for bankruptcy and I end up with nothing but having dragged it out for much longer. But the case is totally cut and dry, the other party was completely at fault. It says so in the police report and at least 2 witnesses gave their information to the police backing me up (all while I was being ambulanced to the hospital)It irks the crap out of me though that I am apparently going to be left having no vehicle, and I haven't been able to afford to replace my vehicle so now (this has been going on for 6 months now) now I'm riding my bicycle everywhere. Over this time period I've also gotten laid off from my job, but I just got another job offer but the job is pretty far away and theres no way to get there via public transit; if I had a vehicle I could take the job.So I'm very tempted to accept the offer, take the money to buy a new vehicle, and say screw the medical bills.. my credit report is already f**ked up anyway. The medical bills have been sent to a collection agency and they have sent me bills a couple of times but have never sent me anything that said "lien" on it. My concern is, if I accept the offer, will the insurance company actually be sending me the $15k to do with as I chose or is it likely that the hospital/bill collector will somehow intercept this settlement check?This relates to Los Angeles County, CA. The hospital is Cedar Sinai Medical Hospital, the collection agency is Designed Receivable Solutions, and the lawyer who I was but am no longer being represented by is Rob Marcereau of the firm Marcereau & Nazif whom I originally reached out to through his website riderzlaw.com.

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I AM IN LAS VEGAS. I WAS HIT BY A CAR RUNNING A RED LIGHT

I AM IN LAS VEGAS. I WAS HIT BY A CAR RUNNING A RED LIGHT WHILE ON A BICYCLE. I HAVE A BROKEN COLLAR BONE AND SHOULDER BONE. LIKELY SURGERY AND A 30K EXPENSE. I WOULD LIKE TO HIRE SOMEONE TO NEGOTIATE WITH INS,. COMPANY FOR ME. PLENTY OF LAWYERS WILL TAKE 1/3.THIS SEEMS TOO MUCH. I WOULD LOVE TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY WITH A PARALEGAL WHO I COULD PAY AN HOURLY RATE TO NEGOTIATE FOR ME., THE DRIVER ADMITTED FAULT AND WAS TICKETTED BY ATTENDING POLICE OFFICER. ONE LAWYER SAID THEY ONLY WORK ON CONTINGENCY IN LV. HOW DO I FIND A COMPETENT REP WHO I CAN PAY,RATHER THAN TAKE 1/3? ANY IDEAS? I WOULD PREFER TO PAY A COUPLE G's UPFRONT RATHER THAN 33% AT END.

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I was injured by a car running a red light and hitting my

I was injured by a car running a red light and hitting my bicycle and have a broken collar bone. How do I pick a good personal injury lawyer? Do I need one? Any tips?

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I live in Oakland CA. In September of 2015 I was backing out

I live in Oakland CA. In September of 2015 I was backing out of my driveway and was run into by a bicyclist.Background: we live on a one-way street that used to be two lanes for traffic. About 1 year ago the right-hand lane (which our driveway connects to) was switched to a bike lane, so to get into traffic one has to cross a sidewalk and then the bike lane. Cars are allowed to park on the right-hand curb all the way up to each driveway, obstructing vision, so to back out of my driveway I need to stop at the sidewalk and make sure all is clear, then slowly back into the bike lane before going forward into the traffic lane (which I've been doing all along).When this accident occurred I'd done this (and photos given to Our insurance company showed I was all the way out in the bike lane and clearly visible) when I heard "watch out" and a thump from the rear. I stopped and got out and found a 70-plus year old woman on the curb rubbing her chest. The bike (a fairly expensive Trek) was on it's side with the rear-view mirror broken, and her helmet was dented.She did not wait for the police, to give a statement (calling her husband on her I-phone after I gave her my insurance information, who picked her up and took her to Kaiser, leaving her bike with a neighbor here for pick up later). I'd left the car where it was until the police arrived and gave them a statement------and later found out from the police report write-up that she had failed to respond to multiple requests by the police to give a statement----so the police declined to assign fault or blame.It turned out she had no insurance that covered her as a bicyclist, and filed a claim for damages and injuries against my insurance. Within 2 to 3 months my insurance paid her property damages of $794 saying the bodily injury claim was still pending, with the adjustor saying the $794 paid out was because it was an expensive bike to repair, even though it was 8 years old. After 6 months with no feedback from the adjustor about whatever bodily injury claim was involved we contacted the adjustor's supervisor yesterday, who explained that everything on that claim was pending because the woman never provided any proof for what was being claimed, and they were still trying to get proof from her------and speaking to my wife she made it clear that they were finding me 100 percent liable (!) because CA law said the bicyclist had complete right of way (being already moving in the assigned bike lane) whether or not she was paying attention or was distracted, or the lane ahead was blocked, or she just failed to stop in time before she ran into me.Me and my wife are both worried about this liability assessment, not only for potential future insurance rate increases, but the effect on potential switching to some other insurance carrier. Is this what CA law really decrees?

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He currently resides in ga but has tickets in nj that need

He currently resides in ga but has tickets in nj that need to be taken care of before he can get a license here. Is there any possibility of getting the ability to drive back and forth to work? He got stopped twice in the past two weeks here and now has to deal with the courts here...he can't pay if he can't work, this is so frustrating

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I am in the process of starting a business. I have

I am in the process of starting a business. I have discovered that naming is a monumental task. Today, I came up with a brilliant name only to discover it is the name of a character in a copyrighted book that I've never heard of before 2 hours ago. I discovered this name and can add a word to make a huge distinction between the character and my business name. There is no element of this character that I will use whatsoever. It just so happens to be the exact one word name. My business will have a two word name, with only the character name being the same. I arrived at the business name making a portmanteau by combining "liberator" with the same word the character combined with "terminator". In other words, we used the same word plus "rator". The base word, all though the same word, has different connotation.

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