When a potential defendant in a personal injury case is a government entity (state, local, municipal, school district, community services districts, etc.) special rules apply before one can even file a lawsuit against that entity in Superior Court. Let’s discuss a recent case handled by Janssen Malloy LLP to illustrate. A Del Norte resident was riding his motorcycle along a street in Crescent City and had the right of way, with no traffic controls for his direction of travel. A California Department of Corrections employee (this was close to the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City) parked alongside the edge of the road suddenly attempted a U-turn in front of the motorcyclist, causing a collision which threw the motorcyclist over his handle bars, resulting in bilateral hand fractures requiring surgical intervention.