Drunk Driving and Your Health: What Are The Real Risks

This is a guest post from law writer Sabrina Wright.

You’re used to driving late at night, even if you’ve had drinks with your friends. This has been your routine for years. No matter how drunk you are, you would always choose to drive home because, for you, you’d always want to sleep in the comfort of your own bed. And you’re never worried about getting into any accidents because in your defense, you’ve been doing this for years and nothing bad has happened to you. You’re still in one piece. You’re a grown man, and you believe you can still manage yourself while you’re on the road. And since nothing bad has happened to you in the past while you’re drink driving, you decided to continue doing your ways. But are you actually waiting for an accident before you change your mindset? Or are you forgetting that you’re also putting your health at risk whenever you drink drive?

Your life is the biggest thing you can lose once you drink and drive. This is common knowledge to everyone (hopefully including you). However, although you might not die immediately once you drink and drive, your health is adversely affected in the process. And the effects might not be visible in weeks or even in years but before you know it, your body may not be functioning well because you’re frequently drink driving. To create a clearer picture in your head, here are the real risks of drink driving to your health:

Your eyesight will be affected: If you’ve been drunk many times, you might have felt that sensation of not being able to stand straight because everything you’re seeing seems to be tilting to one side. And seeing this makes you dizzy.

  • No, you don’t have to visit your favorite ophthalmologist for a new set of glasses because your eyesight is not totally at fault why situations like these happen. You’re feeling this way because of alcohol. Aside from feeling dizzy, you’ll also have slower pupil reaction times which can become an issue as you’ll not be able to adapt to oncoming headlights while on the road.
  • You need your eyes to be alert while you’re on the road to determine if there are vehicles ahead or behind you, or if pedestrians are crossing the street. Once you’re not able to see these on your way, you could be involved in fatal accidents.
  • One of the long-term effects of alcohol to your eyesight is decreased vision due to vitamin deficiency. If you drink too much too often, your liver loses the ability to absorb the vitamins needed for your eyesight. You can end up with night blindness or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Your hearing will be affected: Similar to the importance of your eyesight, your sense of hearing is also required when you’re behind the wheel. How else will you know that a car is planning to overtake your vehicle if you can’t hear it honk?

  • There’s a reason why you’re not allowed to wear your favorite iPod headphones while you’re on the road – so you can be aware of what’s around you to make better decisions while driving. If you can hear a vehicle’s honk as it’s planning to approach an intersection, you’ll be able to make a complete stop and make way for that vehicle.
  • But if you’re not able to listen attentively to these warnings, you won’t know what will happen next. And the effects that this has on you, and surrounding traffic, could be detrimental.
  • Permanent hearing loss is one of the long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This happens because alcohol can damage your inner ear hair cells which are responsible for translating sounds from your ear to your brain. You’ll be able to act accordingly based on the things you hear.

Your brain will be affected: Your brain is in charge of everything that you say and do. Without it, you’ll not be able to do anything at all. Similarly, your eyesight and hearing will be useless if your brain can’t process the information it’s getting.

  • Sure, you might see a pedestrian coming to your direction, but once your brain can’t process this information, you might not be able to step on the brakes on time. Your foot-eye coordination might be hindered for you to do anything.
  • If alcohol is already in your system, you’ll lose the concentration and ability to think while you’re on the road. And these things are important to ensure your safety. You need to focus on what’s on the road, and you should be able to make decisions immediately whenever problems arise while you’re driving.
  • ou don’t want to blackout when you’re faced with a very stressful situation while driving. Unfortunately, this can happen if you’re always intoxicated. You can blackout and lose control of the wheel.

The risks of drink driving to your health should be reasons enough for you to change your mindset on what you think is right. Yes, you might get at home after a night out, but that doesn’t outweigh the risks – you don’t know what can happen on the road and the chances of you, getting any long-term illnesses are gradually increasing. Nothing good can come from either of those, right? Instead of driving when you’re drunk, consider asking a friend to drive you home or stay in a nearby hotel. Your life and safety should always be your priority, no matter what the situation is.

Sabrina Wright

Sabrina Wright is a vibrant young law writer currently writing her next big project. Her modern outlook on the law field is reflected on her informative pieces. Sabrina loves cooking and often invites her friends over for barbecue.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Are Sport bike riders, Real Biker’s?

www.injuredbikers.com founder and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in the Yellowstone National Forest
www.injuredbikers.com founder and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in the Yellowstone National Forest

During the winter, something occurs with all bikers and motorcycle riders that are located in cold climates called cabin fever. Cabin fever occurs when these bikers and motorcyclists cannot ride their motorcycles because it’s too cold.

With the advent of the Internet and social media, many of these bikers and motorcyclists take to the Internet, and socialize via Internet forums and social media.

Today some guy posted on an Internet forum a question; are sport bike riders real bikers?

Of course, everybody and their mother spewed out their opinion on this social media thread, including me.

The question actually upset me, because to me, anyone who rides a motorcycle is a biker. Those who get on two wheeled motorcycles of any type I consider to be bikers. I not only represent these guys and gals if they are God forbid involved in a motorcycle accident anywhere in California, but I don’t discriminate because someone may ride a sport bike, a Japanese cruiser, or an American cruiser. I have actually owned all types of motorcycles.

On this particular Internet forum, you basically have a bunch of older Harley-Davidson riders that some would consider to be stereotypical bikers, i.e., a bunch of tattoos, longhair, goatee or beard, Harley-Davidson T-shirt, blue jeans, motorcycle boots, with the wallet chain affixed to their belt.

You see these types all over the place at Harley events and other mainstream events like the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Do you have to dress or look like this to be a biker? Hell no! Just because you dress a certain way does not make you a biker. I have seen many dudes who dress like bikers, who have no motorcycles. Buying and wearing a Harley-Davidson T-shirt does not make you a biker.

To me, what makes you a biker, is getting your ass on two wheels and riding a motorcycle on the street, or even the dirt. All bikers have the same type of thing in common, the need to ride a motorcycle.

I have been in motorcycle clubs for over 20 years until just recently. I was always a bit more clean-cut than most of the guys in my club because of my profession. My appearance did not mean squat. I am a biker through and through.

I will not lie, I have owned a couple Harley-Davidson T-shirts in the past 30 years, but I do not think I have ever worn one of them. Further, I have never used a wallet chain affixed to my belt. I don’t like wearing wallets because I don’t like the feel of it in my pocket.

Now I have been riding for many years all over the country. I have seen some hard-core sport bike riders that could ride the pants off of any standard cruiser motorcycle rider. Just because some of these guys may be more clean-cut, and don’t dress in the stereotypical way, does not mean that they are not hard-core riders and bikers. As a matter fact I think some of these guys are hard-core bikers, more so than any Harley-Davidson rider.

In the end, I do not like some older Harley-Davidson rider claiming that a younger sport bike rider is not a biker. A biker is someone who rides a motorcycle, and loves doing so, no matter what they look like and no matter what they ride.

As the older bagger type of Harley-Davidson/Indian motorcycle riders ages and die out, it will be the younger guys with the sport bikes and smaller and lower cc motorcycles that will take over. They are bikers just like everybody else.

By Injuredbikers.com founder, and motorcycle accident lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Biker Law Blog temporary connectivity problems

Biker Law Blog NewsWe have been informed by the company that provides the server that runs Biker Law Blog, that in the last 3 days, a patch was put on the server to protect against a meltdown virus vulnerability. Unfortunately, the patch causes 30% degradation in the server. This goes for most Internet servers and not just the one that runs the Biker Law Blog. We have been told that the powers that be are working around the clock to fix the issue.

What this means for you Biker Law Blog readers is that especially during the day when you try to connect to this site there will be intermittent connectivity problems. It might say unable to connect to the database, or give some other error.

All you need to do is refresh your browser, and the sites should come up. Worst-case scenario you might have to refresh your browser a couple times to get the site up. We have been assured that the probably be fixed as soon as possible.

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The Biker Law Blog has undergone a facelift

Injuredbikers.com founder Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.
Injuredbikers.com founder Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

As you can see The Biker Law Blog has undergone a face lift.

When I started the blog over 11 years ago, I had no idea that I would still be blogging over a decade later. Many of the people who I met when I started blogging, either stopped blogging, or significantly slowed down. Most are gone. I am glad to still be here.

Over the past 11+ years the Biker Law Blog has had many different looks that have changed over the years due to technology upgrades, platform changes, etc. We have just undergone a new change to how the blog looks and operates, that has been in the planning stages for the past year.

We are still working out some of the kinks, but this will be our new look at least for now.

The Biker Law Blog over the years has become a recognized and respected motorcycle industry publication, with a dedicated and loyal readership. I really appreciate all the people who have subscribed and have kept in touch over the years.

I hope you like the new look of the Biker Law Blog, and that you will give me any feedback as to what you think. Please give it a week or so for all the bugs in case to be worked out.

See you soon, Motorcycle accident lawyer, and Injuredbikers.com founder, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Ann Lorraine Latman, July 22, 1944 – May 5, 2017, Rest in Peace Mom

My mother passed away on May 5, 2017. Words cannot describe the pain in losing your mother just before mothers day. Below I am posting links to her online obituary, the text of her eulogy, a link to her tribute website, and a tribute video I created for her.

Click here to go to Ann Lorraine Latman’s official online obituary.

Click here to go to Annlatman.com

Below is the text of Ann Lorraine Latman’s Eulogy:

Ann Lorraine Latman Eulogy, May 12, 2017

The children of Ann Lorraine Latman, Norman Gregory Fernandez, her son, and Debbie Louise Fernandez, her daughter, have asked me to tell you about the life of their mother Ann Lorraine Latman.

Ann, Norman, Gilbert

Ann Lorraine Latman, was born on July 22, 1944, in Los Angeles, California, to Nathan & Elsie Latman. Ann was the youngest of three children.

She has an older Brother named Barry Latman, and an older sister named Carolee Latman, who later after getting married, changed her name to Carolee Kish.

Ann has two children, Norman Gregory Fernandez and Debbie Fernandez. Ann has three grandchildren, Carolee Fernandez, Elsie Chacon, and Jacob Fernandez. Ann has two great grandchildren Nathan and Isabella Chacon.

When Ann was a young school girl, she started collecting dolls from all over the world. She would write letters to the leaders of countries from all over the world asking them if they send her a doll and many, if not most of them, in response would send her letters and dolls.

When she wrote a letter to Nakita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, in the 1950’s a time when the Soviet Union was a bitter enemy of the United States, and the Soviet leader actually sent her a letter and a doll, it made real waves.

I am quite certain that it caught the attention of the FBI as well, we will never know.

It was such a major deal in the 1950’s that the leader of the Soviet Union sent a young Jewish American school girl named Ann Latman, a doll, that the newspapers, and a major magazine picked up the story and published it.

You will see some of the pictures of Ann’s world class doll collection featured in her tribute video that is scrolling here.

When Ann was a teenager, she was run over by a car.

The car tire ended up on top of her body after the accident, and it took some time before they could lift the car off of her.

It was a miracle from God that she was not killed in the accident. She was told after the accident that she would never have children.

Obviously, god ensured that that prediction was not accurate. However, due to the accident, Ann had pain in her body throughout her life.

Ann’s father passed away while she was young and her big brother Barry became a father figure to her.

Ann graduated from Fairfax High School in Hollywood, CA in 1962. She shortly thereafter married Gilbert Fernandez. They had two kids, Norman and Debbie.

Ann loved her family. She idolized her big brother Barry, and looked up to her big sister Carolee.

Ann, being the youngest of Elsie Latman’s children, was real close to her mother and her sister Carolee.

Barry was off playing baseball in the major leagues, but after he retired from baseball, Ann became close to him as well.

Ann told her children Norman and Debbie tales of her family all through their childhood.

She told her children about her brother Barry who was a star Pitcher in Major League Baseball, about her sister Carolee who was the first woman butcher at Safeway markets, she told her children about cousin Raymond who was fighting in Vietnam, her cousin Julian who was an attorney and she told her kids about her mom Elsie’s sisters, Tessie, Bettie, Lee, and Elaine.

The greatest joy in Ann’s life was family. When we were young, we remember constantly being at Aunt Carolee’s house.

Norman and Carolee’s son Mark Lawrence although cousin’s, basically grew up like brothers. Ann became like a 2nd mother to Mark, Carolee became like a 2nd mother to Norman and Debbie.

 

Mom made sure that we always made the rounds as children to all of our uncle’s and aunt’s houses, and that we spent time with our cousins.

We remember always visiting Barry and Lynn, Nat and Ricky, Aunt Elaine and Marla, Lori, Bruce, and Frank, Aunt Lee and her kids, Aunt Tessie up in the Hollywood Hills, Aunt Bettie and her kids, Aunt Ann and uncle Maury, and others. We had a very full childhood filled with love and family, our mom made sure of that.

Ann instilled in her children a sense of honor, to not lie, steal, or cheat.

My mom holding me when I was a kid

Ann and her husband Gilbert are probably the most honest people you will ever meet in your life. Salt of the earth kind of people. Very humble, loving, and giving people.

Ann would literally give you the shirt off the back if she could.

Ann was the type of loving and dawdling mother that everyone would like to have. She was funny, direct, and instilled a sense of decency on us.

From as early as I can remember, my mother taught me what it was like to be Jewish. Although we are reformed Jewish, we are Jewish nonetheless. My mother made sure we knew what it was to be Jewish. She taught us about the Holocaust, she taught us songs, and taught us that we are among the chosen people.

My mother loved the holiday season. Although we were Jewish, my mother being a 2nd generation American, also integrated other holidays into our repertoire.

Growing up we not only had a menorah for Hanukkah, with our mother making sure we had Hanukkah gifts every year, but we also had a Christmas tree. We did not really know what Christmas was about, to us it was about the tree and Santa Claus. My mom also gave us Easter baskets and Easter eggs on Easter. We did not know what Easter was about, to us it was about a bunny and the eggs.

Basically, my mom loved to celebrate any holiday because it gave her an excuse to be the loving mother that she was. She always had presents for all the kids on Hanukkah, Easter, Christmas, you name it. She was the stereotypical mother when I came to giving gifts.

Ann also loved to prepare meals for her family. My mom made the best Thanksgiving dinner you could ever possibly want. She used her mother Elsie’s recipe for stuffing. My mom made Thanksgiving dinner, until she was physically unable to do it anymore, and then Debbie took over.

Although grandma Elsie was a fantastic cook who made homemade Verenicas, latkes, and matzo ball soup, my mom made one hell of a fried matzo breakfast. Her noodles and cottage cheese were not bad either. We loved our mother’s cooking it was from her heart.

My mom love being with her family more than anything in the world. Elsie Latman, our mother’s mom, always seemed to be at our house. Elsie Latman was like a 2nd mother to not only Norman and Debbie, but to also Mark as well. We were a close family.

My mom on left with family at Elsie’s H.S. graduation.

Ann and her husband Gilbert always made sure that there was food on the table for their children, always provided Norman and Debbie with love and affection, and provided a good life to Norman and Debbie. They were not rich, but they always did the best they could.

In the 1970s, under the guidance of her brother Barry Latman, Ann, along with her husband Gilbert Fernandez, moved us up to San Francisco and started to business called Gil’s Hallmark card and gifts.

During this time in Ann’s life, she had a great time owning her own business, and being her own boss. Our mom loved to go with my dad to nice restaurants, and she loved Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas.

Ann loved to play blackjack in Las Vegas probably more than anything else.

Although Ann loved San Francisco, she missed her family in Southern California.

Eventually in 1975 Ann and her family moved back to Southern California.

It was at this time that she became a marketing manager in a telephone sales company in Hollywood California. Ann literally had hundreds of people come through her company attempting to become salespeople, but few made it.

As the marketing manager in this telephone sales company, Ann used the moniker, Mary Nevins.

Ann had many future celebrities come to work for her in this company. She had Mickey Rourke, the band Poison, and many others come work for her before they made it as huge celebrities.

She would tell stories of people that are huge celebrities now begging her to keep their jobs, and offering to do crazy things in return. My mom loved her management job.

Continue reading “Ann Lorraine Latman, July 22, 1944 – May 5, 2017, Rest in Peace Mom”

Viking Motorcycle Sissy Bar Bag, a review.

Viking motorcycle sissy bar backpackI recently acquired a Viking Motorcycle Sissy Bar Backpack, from Vikingbags.com. Here is a link to the actual bag: https://www.vikingbags.com/viking-motorcycle-sissy-bar-backpack

In the past I would’ve loved to of had a bag such as this when I was running with a motorcycle that had a sissy bar, but since I have a tour pak on my current Harley-Davidson motorcycle, I personally cannot not use the bag right now.

I have a brother in my motorcycle club named Andrew T., who I knew was considering getting saddlebags, I knew he had a sissy bar, and no way to carry anything on his bike.

I decided to give him the bag for personal use on the condition that he review here on the Biker Law Blog.

The following is a synopsis of Andrews review:

Andrew Trujillo
Andrew Trujillo

The bag is big and has plenty of room. It easily fits over the sissy bar, and it’s probably best to secure it down with the included strap buckles, rather than just leaving it placed over the sissy bar. It is lockable, and durable. It looks like it’s waterproof as well. It is really easy to put on and take off. This bag can be used as luggage for your motorcycle. I highly recommend this bag to others.

Since Andrew used the Viking Bags motorcycle sissy bar backpack personally, and recommends it, I will also recommend as well since my brother vouched for it.

Below is also a video about the backpack.

In the past I have used many types of sissy bar motorcycle luggage. Most of the ones I previously used, or a hassle to strap on and to take off, especially in the dark.

Further, most motorcycle luggage is that I purchased in the past were over $200. This simple $99 bag looks to me to be a very good solution if you need something to carry her stuff around, motorcycle luggage, and something that’s easy to put on and take off.

I recommend getting one!

By motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez, April 2017

The Biker Law Blog has been named 1 of the top 100 motorcycle sites and blogs for motorcycle riders in the world

The Biker Law Blog has been named 1 of the top 100 motorcycle sites and blogs for motorcycle riders on the planet by Feedspot.com .

Some of my competitors appear on the list as well, frankly I do not know why, there’s much better content and pictures on my site 🙂

all kidding aside, I have been so busy with litigation lately they haven’t been putting a lot of content on here, that soon will change. The biker Law a is getting a minor makeover to make it compliant with the new standards, and so that will be much easier to read with a cell phone.

I would like to thank Anuj for bestowing this honor to the Biker Law Blog.

By California motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez.© March, 2017

After 18 years in operation Victory Motorcycles is no more

Polaris Industries, the parent company of Victory Motorcycles announced yesterday that they were ceasing operations as a January 9, 2017. Victory Motorcycles is no more.

The CEO of Polaris industries, Scott Wine, stated that it was a difficult decision for the Board of Directors and he, but Victory Motorcycles despite significant investment by Polaris industries, was never profitable.

The last few years Polaris Industries shifted much of its attention to getting Indian Motorcycles restarted to compete with Harley-Davidson. Some believe that this shift was responsible for the demise of Victory Motorcycles.

Victory Motorcycles was one of just a few American motorcycle brands on the market today.

I know this news will be a shock to many people who have gone out and purchased a Victory Motorcycle. I personally thought that the victory motorcycle was a good concept, but never actually rode one.

On a personal level, it is kind of upsetting to know the Victory Motorcycles did not make it. I think Victory put Harley-Davidson on notice that they had to make changes to make their motorcycle more competitive on a technological basis.

Goodbye Victory Motorcycles. What we have left is Harley-Davidson, and Indian Motorcycles with respect to American brands.

By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Motorcycle Lawyer.

My first attempt at Virtual Reality, 360 Degree Video

** 12-26-16 Update: In order to experience this video in wvirtual reality, 360 degree, you must view on Youtube, to do this click on the white title text within the frame of the video below, or click here now.

I recently acquired a virtual reality camera, and experimented filming my 1st motorcycle ride in virtual reality on December 17, 2016.

Since this was my 1st attempt, I screwed up the settings on the camera, and had the camera set for time lapse photography. Unfortunately, it condensed the 35-minute ride from Malibu California to Neptune’s net on Pacific Coast Hwy. in California, to just over 4 minutes.

I promise the next time I will do better.

If you look at the posted video on a cell phone or tablet, you will literally be able to move your cell phone or tablet and see anywhere in the video.

You can look at my passenger and I, you can turn and look at the front of the motorcycle, you can look to the side, and you can look up and down. Basically, it’s like you were in the driver seat, except for you can actually see better than me it’s a 360° sphere.

If you have virtual reality goggles, you simply need to click on the goggle icon on the bottom of the video, and you will take a time-lapse ride with me in virtual reality on my Harley-Davidson Electra glide. On a desktop you will just see it all at once without the virtual reality experience.

I will be producing many virtual reality movies in the future. Stay tuned.

Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you think about the video.

By California biker lawyer and founder of www.injuredbikers.com, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. December, 2016.

My trip to Rome, Florence, and Venice Italy, December 2015

This is a Movie showing Italy in pictures, produced and directed  by California Personal Injury Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez, http://www.thepersonalinjury.com  .

Attorney Fernandez is an amateur  photographer and journalist who took almost 2000 pictures and put them into a Ken Burns style photo movie showing Rome, Florence, and Venice, Italy.

His movie show detailed pictures of the  museum, The Colosseum, the Forum, Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Arch of Titus, Arch of Septimius Severus, Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Arno River, Ponte Vecchio, SAINT MARK’S SQUARE, SAINT MARK’S BASILICA, THE DOGE PALACE, THE GRAND CANAL,. The movie features the music of Beethoven and Mozart as it shows detailed pictures of some of the greatest art in the history of mankind.

This is not your normal biker style movie, but enjoy anyway!

By Biker Lawyer and Producer of the Italy Movie, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Sturgis 2016, and Yellowstone Slideshow Movie

Check out my annual 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Yellowstone Video on You Tube. Best to watch in full screen format. The quality is not as good as it should be because they compress it. Click the link below. Enjoy.

Happy Veterans Day 2015 from the Biker Law Blog

Norman Gregory Fernandez, Attorney at Law, on left, Sheppard AFB, TX, 1981
Norman Gregory Fernandez, Attorney at Law, on left, Sheppard AFB, TX, 1981

The year is 2015, the month is November, and the day is the 11th, another Veterans Day.

As I type this many men and women are serving our nation’s armed forces, and many are in harm’s way.

I and many millions of people have served in the armed forces of the United States of America from its inception.

Today we give thanks to all of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States whether it be the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army, or Coast Guard.

Let me tell you from personal experience that enlisting in the military is the easy part. The hard part is getting to boot camp and realizing your ass belongs to Uncle Sam. There is nothing easy about any part of our military service.

Anyone who joins the military puts their ass on the line not only for their friends, but for the nation.

The United States of America would not exist in its present form unless many many people but their ass on the line to serve this great nation.

Many have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, that day is observed by Memorial Day. Today, Veterans Day, is to honor all who served in the armed forces.

Although I served many moons ago, my service is entrenched in my mind, and the United States Air Force is part of my blood. I will never forget.

For those of you who have not served in the armed forces, give thanks to those who have because it is a very difficult thing to do, and for those who do it they’re basically signing a contract and taking an oath that they will defend our freedoms with their lives if they have to.

By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Attorney at Law, and United States Air Force veteran

My trip to the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. July 30, 2015 through August 12, 2015

California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally
California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally

I always look forward to my annual trip to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. For the last 4 years I’ve taken my RV, and trailered my motorcycle. This year was no different.

However, what was different this year, was that because it was the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, everything was completely sold out months in advance.

I usually stay at the Glencoe campground. However, this year, all they were offering for $1200 was an RV site with electrical hookup, and water, but no sewer. If you wanted to dump your RV, you’d have to notify them and wait for them to come.

I could’ve went to many ordinary RV parks in and around the Sturgis area that provided full hookups, but as in previous years, I wanted to be in the middle of the action, and in an RV park that offered concerts, recreation, and other amenities.

California biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and friend that the 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally
California biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and friend at the 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally

I found that the Broken Spoke Campground was advertising a full hook up RV site without sewer just like Glencoe was advertising, but their price was only $899. You would also have to purchase a $200 wristband per person if you were to stay at the broken spoke campground, whereas Glencoe was charging $300 for the wristband.

Basically sites like the Glencoe, Broken Spoke, and others, have premium concerts every night, so they charge for wristbands on top of the charge for the actual RV site.

I ended up choosing the Broken Spoke Campground because it was approximately $800 cheaper than Glencoe. It turned out to be a big mistake see below. The total price was approximately $1400 including the wristbands.

This year I purchased a new RV 3 months before Sturgis. The damn thing was constantly in the shop up until a few days before Sturgis. There were still a few bugs with the unit that were not fixed prior to leaving, oh well.

California motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez at Mount Rushmore, 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally
California motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez at Mount Rushmore, 2015 Sturgis motorcycle rally

As in previous years it was kind of hectic getting ready for the trip. For the most part I think it’s all a mental thing. I, and I’m sure a lot of other people get so excited before the rally, that just preparing to leave is exhausting.

It is very hard to find people that can take a week to 2 weeks off work to travel with you to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Many guys plan trips like this years in advance. Last year I went with a friend to Sturgis, she was able to do the entire trip with me. This year my new female friend was unable to do the drive with me due to work, but was able to fly in on Tuesday night, and then fly out on Sunday night, September 9, 2015 the last night of the rally.

Although I like to travel with friends because it’s much better, I’m the kind of guy that is no problem packing up and going across country by myself. Done it many times, no problem.

California motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and friend having fun on the Black Hills scenic by way
California motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and friend having fun on the Black Hills Scenic Byway

I love the drive to the Sturgis motorcycle rally, it’s the excitement that gets you. Many moons ago before I got into the RV scene I would traditionally ride to events like this on my motorcycle. There’s something to be said about doing either. I love riding don’t get me wrong, but 1700 miles each way wears on you a bit. At my age, I prefer taking my RV. At motorcycle rallies the big party happens in the campgrounds anyway.

I have done this drive many years in a row, so all the sites along the way are becoming familiar to me now, almost like old friends and landmarks. This year it took me a bit longer to get to the rally because frankly I was burnt out on the 2nd night of driving and stopped at a rest stop in Wyoming to sleep for a few hours.

Sturgis, South Dakota was about 150 miles from the rest stop. Excitement was in the air in the morning. In years past I went through this area at night, let me tell you the drive from the Wyoming to the South Dakota border was beautiful. Coupled with the fact that there were thousands of bikes on the road made it even better. You could just tell that this year was going to be special.

The view from our table at Mount Rushmore Sturgis 2015
The view from our table at Mount Rushmore Sturgis 2015

Ordinarily every year I get off of the freeway and drive on the main drag through downtown Sturgis to go to the Glencoe campground and set up. This year it kind of sucked because as I pulled off the traffic was much worse than any previous year that I’ve seen. It took me an hour to get from the freeway to near the Glencoe campground. It was bumper to bumper motorcycles the entire way. Being in a big RV above the action was kind of cool because I could see all the action but the traffic was horrible.

This year because I was staying at the Broken Spoke Campground, I passed the Glencoe campground for a couple miles then made the turn off to the Broken Spoke Campground. It was on the way to the Broken Spoke that I became concerned. I was basically in the middle of nowhere and there is barely any motorcycles on the road.

Biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in Custer national Park, Sturgis 2015
Biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in Custer National Park, Sturgis 2015

Finally about 15 miles down the road, the Broken Spoke arose out of the country rolling hills. It was exciting, and it was packed.

I was directed into the check-in area and proceeded to go from my RV to the check-in area. This is where my nightmare began.

The girl at the Broken Spoke campground check-in immediately told me that they had no spaces with water, and that if I had a problem with that I could go online and request a refund. I told her “what are you talking about, I paid for a full hook up space, and my RV is almost that of water.” She told me that there is nothing that she could do, and that if I placed a certain flag in front of my RV there would be somebody coming around to pump water. Imagine, all of Sturgis was sold out this year. I was pissed.

I thought to myself this is complete bullshit. I would’ve never stayed at this place had I known there was no water for the RV.

California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez Sturgis motorcycle rally, Sturgis 2015
California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez Sturgis motorcycle rally, Sturgis 2015

I’m not going to waste a bunch of space in this article to talk about what bullshit the Broken Spoke Campground was and how it almost ruined my trip this year, but I will say that after wasting 2 days of the rally there, I found another RV Park with full hookups in Deadwood, South Dakota, for $600 thank god, and high tailed it out of the Broken Spoke Campground as soon as I could. I felt sorry for the poor shmucks stuck there waiting for water for 4 days. Screw that.

The Broken Spoke Campground was a dustbowl in the middle of nowhere. I am sure if it wasn’t so crowded it might’ve been an okay place to be, but they grossly oversold it knowing full well they didn’t have enough spaces to accommodate what they were selling. I was able to get a refund of a thousand dollars from them via PayPal a week after I got home. I will give them credit for that they did refund me for the campground part of the trip. I never did recover the cost of the wristbands and lost $400 on that deal because I never went back.

Biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez with friend in Sturgis 2015
Biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez with friend at Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis 2015

Suffices to say I will never stay there again, I highly recommend that you find another place to stay if you are ever at the Sturgis rally. Now if they come to me and make me an offer I might give them another chance but right now I am highly pissed off at them still over a month after the fact.

I went and stayed at a place called Whistler’s Gulch in Deadwood, South Dakota which is about 16 miles from the main drag in Sturgis. I love this place, but it is a bit of a drive to and from Sturgis.

As far as the rally this year went, frankly, it sucked compared to previous years. The Broken Spoke Campground nightmare was part of it, but also it was a sausage fest, meaning there was at least 4 to 5 guys for every one gal at the rally and most of the gals of the rally were not hotties like I am so used to seeing at motorcycle rallies. There were only a few hot gals there. Seems like every guy in the country and their friends decided to go to Sturgis this year and left the gals behind. It was a complete sausage fest.

California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez with friend 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally
California motorcycle accident attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez with friend 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally

Further, the traffic was so bad that it was horrendous. I did ride about 3000 miles on my bike during the rally. I’m not the bar going type of guy. I’m a rider. When I get into the Black Hills and start riding, which is my passion. I rode my ass off this year as in previous years.

I rode my old favorites, Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park, all through the Black Hills, the Black Hills Scenic Byway, Crazy Horse, and many places off the beaten track. As usual I found hidden places to ride for many miles on dirt roads with my gal riding shotgun on the back. As usual we found a couple secluded spots to enjoy each other as well, which is kind of tough in the Black Hills because there are really are no places to hide.

Staying in Deadwood this year definitely changed the ambience of the rally for me. It was a lot mellower this year than in previous years, because in previous years I would’ve been at the concerts every night until 2 in the morning. Hell last year after the concerts ended I went to the only gym in town to work out in the middle of the night.

California biker attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone national forest just after Sturgis 2015
California biker attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone national forest just after Sturgis 2015

Now this rally totally sucked compared to all the other rallies I’ve been to in the past at Sturgis. The main culprit this year was just flat-out shitty weather. It was cold and rainy over 50% of the rally this year. Just flat-out shitty weather. The rain caused many people to leave after a couple days, and by the end of the rally the place was pretty much empty. You can’t do anything about Mother Nature. This year the weather really sucked. In previous years there was rain for one or 2 days at Sturgis, but nothing as bad as this year.

I definitely got some good riding in, and had some good times, but this year was definitely not worth the time and effort as in previous years. I’m hoping next year will kind of calm down a little bit. What may sound like a sacrilege is I may not even go to Sturgis next year. It remains to be seen. I’ve always wanted to ride Alaska during the summer, so I may take my rig and do an Alaska trip will see.

My lady friend and I had a good time on this trip. She was the one good thing about the rally other than the great riding. We had some good times between each other as a man and women do, which I’m not going to describe here but I’m sure you can let your imagination run amok.

Motorcycle lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez of the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally
Motorcycle lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally

Rallies like this are about adult pleasure. If you go by yourself without a woman to a rally like this the chances of actually hooking up with a woman at the rally or are almost impossible, because most of the women are hooked up with men. So all these guys showing up with all their buddies just kind of ruin it.

On the last day of the rally, Sunday, I struck Camp and drove my RV through town to the Rapid City Airport to drop my lady friend off who had to fly back home to be at work the next day. It kind of sucked to watch her go but they get then again I was excited, because I was now headed towards Cody Wyoming and Yellowstone.

I should’ve just parked the RV when it got dark and camped out for the night but I figured if I was able to get to Cody straightaway I could spend 2 days riding Yellowstone instead of just one day. That’s exactly what I did. I rode my 36′ Class A motorhome with 12 foot trailer, total length of about 50 feet through the Greybull National Forest which goes up to about 90,000 feet in pitch darkness.

75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally
75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally

I had an accident 4 years ago where I lost the brakes on my motorhome in the same forest and almost got killed, see the article about that experience by clicking here.

I Rode the same exact route, and actually stopped in the middle of the night at the spot where I had the accident 4 years earlier just to contemplate what happened. Let me tell you something, it’s eerie in the Greybull National Forest at night, there was nobody else on the road with me. If anything would’ve happened nobody would’ve discovered me until probably the next morning. The time I got to the Yellowstone highway through Greybull, I was spent and could barely keep my eyes open. I got to the Walmart in Cody, parked the RV and crashed out.

When I woke up the next day and went to the Yellowstone Valley campground set up camp, got my motorcycle out of the trailer, and rode the Yellowstone national forest. I was able to ride Yellowstone for two days before heading home. This article is not about my ride through the Yellowstone national forest, but I will just say that I’ve done it every year after Sturgis and I love it.

I definitely had a good time riding Sturgis this year but it was not as good as previous years. Nothing is perfect, but I had a good time.

By California Personal Injury Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2015

Law firm and Biker law blog news

Biker Law Blog NewsWell folks it’s been a real interesting year.

I am announcing the termination of my partnership with Lawrence A. Moy.

I have been friends with Mr. Moy for many years. They say friends should not go in the business together, and I fully agree. If any of you have any questions regarding the termination of my partnership with Lawrence a Moy, give me a call to discuss.

The Law offices of Norman Gregory Fernandez & Associates is back. We aim to provide excellent customer service to all of our clients.

We have meeting locations throughout the state of California, and have a central prelitigation office in Huntington Beach California.

I just got back from the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, in Sturgis, South Dakota. Although it was not as good as previous years, it was definitely more crowded, and it was a blast. I will be writing about it soon.

It appears there are 2 primary marketing outfits advertising to bikers at the motorcycle rallies.

I am not going to name them, but one of them says they are tigers, and the other rhymes with rust.

The last I checked the one that’s named after the animal, is an association of attorneys that does marketing for lawyers, and that anyone can join for an annual fee. Basically they are marketing for those that pay the annual fee. The other signs up cases, and refers them out to associated attorneys, in return for a referral fee. Both of these outfits make it appear to bikers that they will be represented by real biker lawyers from their organization. I think their advertising is grossly misleading to the biker community.

I am sure there may be legitimate motorcycle riding attorneys associated with either one or both of these outfits, but as for me I think it is absolutely disgusting for attorneys to be advertising in this misleading manner at motorcycle rallies, I think it’s bad karma.

As for me, I am the real deal. I ride and I do motorcycle cases. I’m an expert in motorcycle cases. If God forbid you have a motorcycle accident call the guys I mentioned above, and then call me. I’m sure you want to sign up with me after talking with me.

With respect to the biker law blog, thank goodness, we are on a new server. You may have noticed delays with comment moderation, load times of the blog, and my flat out not updating the blog very often anymore. The fact is the biker law blog has become a huge monster. At the present time it takes up about half a terabyte of bandwidth per month, and is almost 2 GB in size. Our previous web host severely limited what I could do with the blog. Many times it was suspended for using too much bandwidth. Hopefully this problem has been resolved.

I look forward to writing many new articles in the near future. I look forward to hearing any feedback.

California Personal Injury Attorney, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

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