Category “Lawyer Monthly”

Chipotle To Pay $20 Million In NYC Worker Scheduling Case

Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

The settlement was filed on Monday by Chipotle and the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) in an administrative case that claims Chipotle failed to provide its staff with their schedules two weeks in advance. Chipotle also allegedly failed to pay its workers a premium for shifts that were unscheduled, which is required by a city law introduced in 2017. 

According to the Democratic mayor’s office, Chipotle’s $20 million settlement comes as the largest in NYC’s history involving worker protections.

 Despite agreeing to settle, Chipotle denies any wrongdoing, with the company’s chief restaurant officer, Scott Boatwright, saying that Chipotle has increased wages and introduced numerous policies to promote predictable scheduling for its staff.

In a statement, NYC Corporation Counsel Sylvia Hinds-Radix said, “the city is committed to enforcing this local law, which improves the quality of life for workers who play a vital role in the city’s economic recovery.”

2 Potential Defences To Aggravated Assault That Stand Up In Court And 2 That Don’t

Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Defences that can go the distance

In a large proportion of aggravated assault cases, self-defence is seen as a staple stance for the accused and his or her legal team to take.

Claiming self-defence means that the burden of proof lies with the prosecutors, as they must demonstrate that the defendant is indeed the instigator, rather than in fact being the victim of an assault from the plaintiff.

If you can show that the other party struck the first blow, this is fairly conclusive proof that any retaliation you made was indeed self-defence.

Another defence option that can make waves is arguing that the assault occurred accidentally. That way you’re not denying the accused individual’s involvement, but rather claiming that they did not deliberately perpetrate the act in question.

Intent is key in all assault cases, and it may be arguable that even an aggravated assault was accidental, so long as there is sufficient evidence and testimony to support this.

Why you need an expert lawyer to defend an aggravated assault charge

There’s no point taking chances with aggravated assault, as it’s a felony that must be dealt with by a professional attorney or legal team, rather than fought by an amateur.

Those with the experience and training in matters of defending aggravated assault charges are perfectly positioned to pick an approach which will work out more often than not. With that said, let’s delve into the tactics that you should avoid if possible.

Defences that will crumble quickly rather than enduring

You might think that if the assault was consensual, then the plaintiff won’t have a leg to stand on in the courtroom.

In reality, even if the individual actually asked you to do physical harm to them, this is still classified as a crime in most places, and so won’t work as a defence.

This makes sense, of course, because it means that people can’t be coerced into giving verbal consent for a physical attack, and you can’t escape punishment if you take a playful request too far in the case that the victim decides to press charges against you. It’s a topic that’s as tricky as consent consumers give to companies.

You might also be tempted to argue for total innocence, denying playing a part in the aggravated assault incident that you’ve been accused of. Again, this is not a stance that will bring you the results you want if there is any evidence that proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Even if the assault was accidental or partially consensual, there’s no point sticking to your guns and claiming innocence if you know that the prosecution can quickly show that you were indeed involved.

Final thoughts on fighting aggravated assault charges in court

Aggravated assault is treated as a felony crime in plenty of places, which means punishments can include several years behind bars, in addition to large fines and other penalties.

This is a good enough reason on its own to hire legal experts and put together a watertight defence, rather than taking a riskier strategy before judge and jury. There’s no point toying with fate when there’s a safer path to quashing accusations and restoring your dignity, whatever role you played in the incident itself.

Key Tactics To Grow A Successful Law Firm From Ground Up

Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

A law firm is usually a private business that provides legal advice to companies, corporations, and individuals. In addition, law firms provide their clients with legal counsel and financial advisory services and help the clients successfully manage the legal complications they are facing. The following are the key tactics that can be used to grow a successful law firm from the ground up.

1. Create Efficient Systems

Law firms operate under tight time constraints; they are under pressure to meet deadlines and deliver quality services to their clients. The key to success is creating efficient workflow systems that can control legal matters in the law firm and reduce rework.

2. Invest In Technology

Software programs and computers make it easy for lawyers to conduct research, record, monitor, organise data, and create documents. These have great benefits, like reducing the time lawyers take while doing research, allowing them to collaborate easily across the office, increasing the productivity of their employees, or improving the quality of their service delivery.

3. Collaboration And Cooperation

This is the key to success and growth in a law firm. Lawyers are encouraged to learn how to manage a small law firm, collaborate, share data and ideas, and make collective decisions. The reason is that, with strong teamwork, law firms can do much more than individual lawyers. It also increases the productivity of its employees.

4. Hire When The Time Is Right

Law firms should hire new staff members when the need for it arises. This is because there are times when the law firm does not require additional staff members to take on new projects. This way, it can save money and avoid overstaffing office space. However, hiring at a slow pace also creates an opportunity for existing employees in the law firm to develop their skills and gain more experience.

5. Outsource What You Can’t Hire For

A good law firm should be able to outsource the specific projects it can’t hire for. One of the key benefits of outsourcing is that it reduces the number of lawyers in a law firm, allows them to work on more projects at once, and reduces client costs. This can also increase profits for law firms.

6. Invest In Marketing And Branding

Investing in the marketing and branding of the law firm’s services is important. Law firms market themselves as experienced, trusted, dedicated, and efficient. It requires a lot of time and money to develop without fail. A good law firm spends time and resources to create a good online presence based on its business strategy. They also have a website that provides clients easy access to all their legal services.

7. Learn To Delegate

This is a strategy used by a good law firm to grow from the ground up in their business. Most law firms have an in-house legal team, and the owner does very little daily management or legal work. The law firm encourages its partners to take charge, follow up on issues, and make decisions that are best for the business. This strategy promotes innovation, creativity, and communication within the office and creates new opportunities to bring more clients into the firm’s fold.

8. Adapt To Take On New Opportunities

Law firms should not get stuck in a rut and should be prepared to adopt new business models. Law firms must adapt when the market shifts, shifts in regulations, or changes in technology. It is because a law firm with unique legal skills can always adapt and create new services that clients may need. Law firms can even provide their clients with legal advice regarding the best ways to sell a particular product or service.

Bottom Line

Growing a successful law firm from the ground up requires hard work, dedication, efficiency, and investment of time, money, and effort. However, it is a good business move as it allows lawyers in law firms to put their legal skills to good use and also be able to earn more money without compromising the quality of the services they are providing to the clients.

Future Proofing Your Legal Business During A Recession

Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

Recession, rising inflation, a contracting economy, a sharp downturn, a bear market. These are the words in our news headlines. If you hold the purse strings to a budget, hold your nerve. It’s important not to be reactionary and panic. Keep focused on your company’s long-term objectives and use PR and comms to gain a competitive advantage.  

This downturn could be short and sharp or long and drawn out. The legal firms that will win will be the ones that keep relationships strong with all their key audiences, who are strategic in approach but who allow for a healthy dose of opportunism.    

During a recession or economic downturn, businesses immediately look for services that can be cut to save money. In the past, the PR, comms and marketing teams have been at the sharp end of this. However, businesses are learning that they need communicators.   

Your clients, employees and stakeholders all need to be kept close, up to speed and able to buy into company decisions and developments. It’s also important to keep the focus on the top end of the funnel to continue to build relationships with prospects so that you are there for them when they require it. 

When it comes to your legal business, it’s imperative to ensure your messages are considered, curated and communicated during tough times. Turning off communications in the short term will hurt your future goals. 

A 2010 Harvard Business Review study of 4,700 companies going through recessions found that “firms that cut costs faster and deeper than rivals don’t necessarily flourish. They have the lowest probability—21%—of pulling ahead of the competition when times get better.”  

 Here are some top tips to make sure that you don’t lose ground.

Prepare your communications plan

Review your issues and crisis preparedness: Have you foreseen all the issues related to your legal business during this recession? What’s the impact of continued inflation on your business and employees? Have you plotted out potential scenarios, do you know what your company stance will be and have you developed supporting statements? Are your spokespeople trained to support your messages?   

Stay ahead of competitors with clever content

If your competition reduces their PR and comms activity, this is the time to secure a competitive advantage. By holding your nerve and continuing to bring value to the sector you can secure a strong share of voice, build third-party endorsement and elevate your position. If you switch off now, you’ll have to spend a lot more time and effort switching back on and mobilising.   

Support your sector and grow positive relationships

If your competitors are drawing back on partnerships, sponsorships and media spend, then this is the time to pick up coveted opportunities and tie in multi-year opportunities at a good rate. You’ll also build a huge amount of goodwill this way and the rewards will be mutually beneficial. This type of activity also sends a sign to the market that you are in good shape and in control.   

A little help goes a long way

Think about what counsel, advice and support you can develop to help your clients or customers ‘free of charge’. If you have a ‘helpful’ plan this can be mobilised via your PR approach, personal brand and your thought leadership content strategy and any other comms touchpoints you have.   

Maintain the focus on securing talent

Even during a recession, you will still need to keep the best and hire the best. Communicating your strategy to manage the recession to potential employees will reassure internal and external stakeholders alike. Whatever decisions need to be made in your legal business, you need a communications team to explain these decisions to your employees and ensure your comms is top-notch.  

Increase your ranking

While competitors are dormant, what can you do to build digital ground and your rankings for keywords? Build your content strategy, secure those backlinks, keep focused on your domain authority and use the time to get to know the new GA4 analytics from Google.  

Check what’s on your search engine results page

What do you see on the first two pages of Bing or Google if you search for your company’s name? Use this time to develop a SERP strategy to curate and influence what different search terms reveal about your business. Make what people find interesting and reflective of you as a business – infographics, video, media coverage, reviews, and photography.   

Focus on growth marketing

There is nothing like a recession to focus the mind and dissipate turf wars. If you always wanted to get your sales/business development, marketing and PR teams working together then now is the time. Get this right now and reap the rewards later. Build the pipeline.   

Keep communicating your ESG plans

There is a risk that tighter budgets will mean less investment in ESG and corporate sustainability. But cutting investment in this area represents a significant risk in the long term, given upcoming legislative changes and the engaging nature of Gen-Z. Meanwhile continuing to communicate on ESG – including being transparent about the challenges – will pay dividends in the future for your legal business.   

About AMBITIOUS PR: AMBITIOUS is a Bristol-based PR and communications agency with a local, regional and national remit. AMBITIOUS works with fast-growth, blue chip and multinational businesses as well as a number of public sector organisations.  

About the author: Sarah Woodhouse, director at AMBITIOUS PR, is a seasoned public relations and communications professional with over 20 years of experience working in the UK and Asia. Agency-side, she has worked for Edelman, McCann Erickson and previously co-owned impactasia in China which was sold to Cohn & Wolfe (WPP) in 2011.  

Tesla Recruits Hewlett Packard Enterprise Lawyer For Senior Post

Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company Tesla Inc has hired former Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co lawyer Derek Windham to lead its in-house corporate and securities legal team, according to a report by Reuters.

Reuters reports that Windham’s LinkedIn account shows he started working for Tesla in July as deputy general counsel for corporate and securities, having previously spent several years as vice president for corporate, securities, governance and finance at Hewlett Packard. 

Presently, Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk are facing a number of legal battles. These include a legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a 2018 agreement to have Musk’s posts on social media platform Twitter scrutinised. Last month, Twitter also announced it had hired US law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to help sue Musk over his abandonment of a $44 billion takeover deal.

Over the past three years, Tesla has had five different top lawyers.

In a May tweet, Musk said he wanted to create a “hardcore litigation department” at his EV firm.

Any Assistance: Cases That Can Be Litigated By A Personal Injury Lawyer

Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

In today’s world, it is important to be aware of the many risks that you face. Some of these risks may come from outside sources, while others may come from the things that we do every day. One of the most common risks that we face is the possibility of getting hurt in an accident.

If you have been hurt in an accident, personal injury lawyers may be able to help you. You may be wondering if your case warrants the help of a personal injury attorney. Here are a few types of cases that a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you with.

Automobile Accidents

When it comes to car accidents, the statistics are sobering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 there were over 1.3 million car accidents in the United States, resulting in over 37,000 deaths. In 2010, there were 1.4 million car accidents and over 38,000 deaths. The numbers continue to rise each year as more and more people drive on our roads.

One of the major causes of these accidents is driver error. Drivers who are distracted by their phones or other activities are at a much higher risk of getting into an accident. In fact, according to a study published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, drivers who use cell phones while driving are four times as likely to get into an accident than drivers who don’t use cell phones while driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer for help. A skilled attorney can help you understand your rights and options after an accident and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Medications And Medical Equipment

Personal injury law firms handle lawsuits for faulty medications and ill-produced medical equipment. Cases like these can be difficult to win, but with the help of an experienced lawyer, you may be able to get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

When medications are made and sold, they must meet certain safety standards. If a medication has been recalled because it is dangerous, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that made the medication.

Defective Baby Formula

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of seven deaths and dozens of hospitalisations associated with using a particular type of infant formula. The product in question was a type of baby formula manufactured by the company Mead Johnson. The formula was reportedly laced with an undisclosed chemical that interacted with other drugs a baby might be taking, causing dangerous levels of potassium to build up in the child’s bloodstream.

Many parents are choosing to switch their babies to other types of formulas after learning about this issue, but there is still concern that other brands may also be contaminated and could cause serious health problems for infants. If you or someone you know has been affected by this defective baby formula, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible so they can help you pursue any potential legal options available to you.

Work Accident Claim

One of the most common types of legal claims that personal injury lawyers handle is work-related accidents. These claims can arise from a variety of causes, such as slips and falls on treacherous floors, exposure to dangerous chemicals or fumes, or being in the line of fire. If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so they can help you determine your rights and potential legal remedies.

If you are concerned that you may have suffered a personal injury in which you may have grounds to pursue legal action, please do not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice. A knowledgeable lawyer can help guide you through the process and provide you with the support and resources you need to achieve justice.

Slip And Fall In Public Places

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time, in any place. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The law protects individuals who are injured as a result of slips and falls in public places. In most cases, the victim will be able to recover damages for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect are two major types of personal injury that can occur to elderly or disabled residents. In nursing homes, residents can be subject to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. They may also be neglected, which means that they do not receive the proper care and nutrients they need to stay healthy. If you are a resident of a nursing home and experience abuse or neglect, you may have legal recourse available to you. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the nursing home or its employees, and may be able to provide legal assistance with other aspects of your case such as settlement negotiations. If you are injured in a nursing home incident, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible for advice on how to proceed.

Ultimately, any case that a personal injury lawyer might take on is based on the specific facts of the situation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced lawyer for guidance and support.

How Companies Follow the Law: 4 Industries

Friday, 5 August, 2022

Among the most well-known rules, at least to the general public, are those that govern the advertising and promotion sector. Additionally, the vast and rapidly growing transport industry operates under hundreds of strict laws, many of which pertain to driver and road safety. In the accounting and financial services industries, owners must follow detailed regulations about how to run a business day-to-day. Medical service providers and manufacturers also conduct their companies within a tightly constructed universe of legal, safety, regulatory, financial and confidentiality rules. The following four major industries each have their own unique parameters and guidelines.

Advertising

Perhaps no other office-based discipline is as closely regulated as marketing, promotion and advertising. How do ad agencies and firms stay within the law? Most large organisations have in-house legal teams of experts who pore over every written word that goes into print and online ads. There is a body of regulation known as truth in advertising that governs nearly everything that appears in advertisements, from images to written claims. There have been several noteworthy legal cases stemming from companies that let poorly written or misleading promotional materials get out before being vetted by their legal teams. In today’s litigious environment, even small marketing firms that can’t afford their own lawyers choose to outsource the job to specialty firms.

Transport Fleets

The transport and trucking industry are rife with rules and regulations, particularly those that pertain to the number of hours drivers can work and how they log their activity, rest times, and more. These strict hours of service rules are part of the daily landscape for operators who need to follow laws about dozens of different chores. To stay compliant, companies use ELDs (electronic logging devices) to oversee distance, speed, rest periods and many other parameters. If you feel the need to know more about the current rules and the ways that transport fleet managers adhere to them, spend time reviewing a comprehensive HOS (hours of service) guidebook that explains all the relevant points about this important subject.

Accounting Firms

For decades, accountants have been among the most frequently sued business professionals. One reason is related to the tax work that so many smaller firms specialise in. Disgruntled taxpayers who end up in trouble with the government typically sue their accountants as a way of deflecting blame. This is part of the reason why legal tech matters and one way accountants prevent this problem in modern times is to have clients sign detailed waivers. When customers enlist the services of specialist CPAs, the bulk of the contract paperwork is devoted to legal release statements.

Medical Services

Doctors pay the highest price for professional insurance. That’s probably because they are subject to a wide range of legal challenges, from malpractice to less serious negligence. In recent years, malpractice insurance rates have been rising, which has priced many potential physicians out of the field. More doctors are choosing to enter general practice instead of specialties in order to deter lawsuits.

Any Assistance: Cases That Can Be Litigated by a Personal Injury Lawyer

Thursday, 4 August, 2022

If you have been hurt in an accident, personal injury lawyers may be able to help you. You may be wondering if your case warrants the help of a personal injury attorney. Here are a few types of cases that a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you with:

Automobile Accidents

When it comes to car accidents, the statistics are sobering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 there were over 1.3 million car accidents in the United States, resulting in over 37,000 deaths. In 2010, there were 1.4 million car accidents and over 38,000 deaths. The numbers continue to rise each year as more and more people drive on our roads.

One of the major causes of these accidents is driver error. Drivers who are distracted by their phones or other activities are at a much higher risk of getting into an accident. In fact, according to a study published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, drivers who use cell phones while driving are four times as likely to get into an accident than drivers who don’t use cell phones while driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer for help. A skilled attorney can help you understand your rights and options after an accident and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Drivers who use cell phones while driving are four times as likely to get into an accident than drivers who don’t

Medications and Medical Equipment

Personal injury law firms handle lawsuits for faulty medications and ill-produced medical equipment. Cases like these can be difficult to win, but with the help of an experienced lawyer, you may be able to get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

When medications are made and sold, they must meet certain safety standards. If a medication has been recalled because it is dangerous, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that made the medication.

Defective Baby Formula

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of seven deaths and dozens of hospitalisations associated with using a particular type of infant formula. The product in question was a type of baby formula manufactured by the company Mead Johnson. The formula was reportedly laced with an undisclosed chemical that interacted with other drugs a baby might be taking, causing dangerous levels of potassium to build up in the child’s bloodstream.

Many parents are choosing to switch their babies to other types of formulas after learning about this issue, but there is still concern that other brands may also be contaminated and could cause serious health problems for infants. If you or someone you know has been affected by this defective baby formula, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible so they can help you pursue any potential legal options available to you.

Work Accident Claim

One of the most common types of legal claims that personal injury lawyers handle is work-related accidents. These claims can arise from a variety of causes, such as slips and falls on treacherous floors, exposure to dangerous chemicals or fumes, or being in the line of fire. If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so they can help you determine your rights and potential legal remedies.

If you are concerned that you may have suffered a personal injury in which you may have grounds to pursue legal action, please do not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice. A knowledgeable lawyer can help guide you through the process and provide you with the support and resources you need to achieve justice.

Slip and Fall in Public Places

Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time, in any place. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The law protects individuals who are injured as a result of slips and falls in public places. In most cases, the victim will be able to recover damages for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect are two major types of personal injury that can occur to elderly or disabled residents. In nursing homes, residents can be subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. They may also be neglected, which means that they do not receive the proper care and nutrients they need to stay healthy. If you are a resident of a nursing home and experience abuse or neglect, you may have legal recourse available to you. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the nursing home or its employees, and may be able to provide legal assistance with other aspects of your case such as settlement negotiations. If you are injured in a nursing home incident, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible for advice on how to proceed.

Ultimately, any case that a personal injury lawyer might take on is based on the specific facts of the situation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced lawyer for guidance and support.

Covid Fraud: A Costly Side-Effect Of The Pandemic

Tuesday, 2 August, 2022

The scale of the problem has made it hard to ignore, with an estimated £10 billion having been lost to fraud. The political impact has also been significant. Former Chancellor turned Prime Ministerial hopeful Rishi Sunak has been criticised by colleagues during the Conservative leadership contest for the Treasury’s approach to the fraud. Prior to that, the UK’s fraud minister Lord Theodore Agnew resigned, using the bluntest of language to outline his unhappiness with what he viewed as a lack of government action to tackle the problem.

Heavy Price

Lord Agnew’s anger is understandable. With almost £6 billion lost to fraud via the government’s furlough, self-employment and Eat Out to Help Out schemes and a further £5 billion having been illegally obtained through the Bounce Back Loan scheme, there is no doubt that a heavy price has been paid for weaknesses in the government’s financial initiatives for tackling the effects of Covid.

It is no huge surprise that fraudsters have used the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to deploy new techniques to both defraud government bodies and callously exploit individuals. The very support mechanisms that were put in place to help those in need have been abused by those who identified the chance to use them for illegal gain. 

The whole sorry tale is just further proof that those looking to make fraudulent gains will assess every possible opportunity to do so. And if they can do, they will do. The frustration that some have voiced about fraud relating to the Covid schemes could be boiled down to one question: if the fraudsters could immediately spot the potential for fraudulent gains, why couldn’t the architects of the schemes? A further question that also needs answering, I believe, is why were steps not taken to tackle the problem as soon as it became apparent?

Shocking

It was as early as July 2020 that the Crown Prosecution Service warned the public to beware of fraudsters exploiting situations created by coronavirus. Such a warning indicates at least some awareness in the corridors of power of the risk of fraud taking root in the pandemic. This makes the fact that fraud on such a large scale was allowed to happen seem particularly shocking. What is arguably just as shocking, however, is the report that the Treasury expects to recover only £1 of every £4 stolen from the public purse by Covid fraudsters. A 25% recovery rate would rarely be viewed as adequate when it comes to regaining any stolen assets. The fact that the assets in this case amount to more than £10 billion makes the anticipated 1 in 4 success rate seem even more feeble.

Critics of the situation have, understandably, branded the situation an outrage. The National Audit Office report last year on the Bounce Back Loan scheme was critical of the limited efforts to regain the money lost to fraud. The NAO also attacked the government for prioritising payment speed over almost all other aspects of value for money in order to achieve its policy intention of supporting small businesses quickly during the pandemic.

Response

Supporters of the government and advocates of the way it dealt with the unprecedented global pandemic will say that commerce dictated an urgent response to tackle the country’s fiscal needs. But confirmation of the amount the government is writing off is not easy reading, not least in a time of financial hardship.

The Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, which was provided for in the 2021 Budget, is leading to 1,250 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff attempting to identify those who have tried to make fraudulent gains from the government schemes. A total of £100 million is being spent on the Taskforce, with further investment in resources and technology. This can at least be seen as an indicator that the government is now fully aware of both the scale of the problem and the need to hold those responsible to account. 

Yet we are now in a situation where the government seems to be throwing a vast sum at an attempt to close a stable door after a very expensive horse has bolted. This situation could have been avoided if the government had been less eager to hand out far bigger sums two years earlier.

About the author: Niall Hearty is Partner at Rahman Ravelli.

Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Legal In The United States?

Tuesday, 2 August, 2022

A lot of drivers don’t like it when motorcyclists overtake traffic. They think that leaving the lane and going in front of other vehicles is unsafe. However, the truth is that not all US states consider the practice illegal. Lane splitting is a safer option for motorcyclists. Giving them the ability to get out of the way of congestion and having to travel at a slower speed than the other traffic. But, is it legal to lane split in every state? Let’s take a look at motorcycle lane splitting laws. Read on.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting And The Law: Facts You Need To Know

Lane splitting, also called white-lining, nose riding, or lane sharing, is the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes or lines of stopped or slow-moving cars. It is controversial, and its legality varies from place to place. In the United States, lane splitting is illegal in most states, with a few states allowing it with some exceptions.

Lane splitting has several benefits, chief among them being the decreased likelihood of being rear-ended by a car. It also decreases the amount of time spent stopped in traffic and can be a lifesaver in a traffic jam. However, lane splitting can be dangerous and is not for everyone. It requires skill and experience and even then can be risky. Motorcyclists who choose to lane split should be aware of the risks and be sure to ride defensively.

The Great Debate: Scenarios You Need To Consider

Lane splitting, or riding between lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic, is a great debate. Some say it’s illegal, while others argue it’s a safer way to ride. So, what’s the real answer? 

Lane Splitting In Some States Like California

In some states, like California, lane splitting is legal, while in others it is not. However, intentionally blocking a motorist is illegal.

Lane Splitting Is Not Illegal

In most states, motorcycle lane splitting in the US is not explicitly illegal. However, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily legal, either. The best course of action is to check your local laws and use common sense when lane splitting. 

Lane Splitting Is Safer

Some safety experts argue that lane splitting is safer than riding in a lane of traffic. They say it allows riders to get out of the way of danger, and it can help reduce traffic congestion. 

Lane Splitting Is Dangerous

Others say that lane splitting is dangerous and distracting. They argue that it’s hard for drivers to see motorcycles splitting lanes, and it can lead to motorcycle lane splitting accidents. You may see this page for more facts.

Safety Concerns With Lane Splitting

It can be difficult for motorists to see motorcycle riders who are lane-splitting. This increases the risk of a collision. Additionally, lane splitting can also be dangerous for riders themselves. When a motorcycle rider lane splits, they are more likely to be hit by a car door or be involved in a multi-vehicle collision.

Given the risks, motorcycle riders need to use caution when lane splitting. If possible, they should avoid lane splitting during heavy traffic periods. Additionally, riders should be sure to always use their turn signals when changing lanes.

Know The Lane Splitting Laws In The US

Motorcycle lane splitting is a dangerous maneuver that is illegal in most states. Riders should know the lane splitting laws in their state before attempting it. Many states have enacted laws specifically prohibiting lane splitting, so riders should be aware of the risks involved.