November 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- New law creates space for bicyclists in California
There are ever-present dangers whenever a person is riding his or her bicycle on a roadway in California, even if there is a designated bike lane. Cars are passing by in close proximity, and if motorists are not paying attention, it is possible that a very serious accident could result.
A new law recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown could help improve conditions for cyclists and reduce the number of bicycle accidents
that occur within the state. The law requires that any passing motorist give at least three feet to bicyclists riding on roadways. If it is not possible to yield three feet, the cars must travel at a slower speed until it is safe to pass.
Under the prior law, motorists were only required to yield a safe distance to bicyclists, and safe was not defined in the statute. Several other states had passed laws that specified three feet, which prompted several attempts at changing the rule in California. Drivers caught violating this law could face a fine, and these penalties could be significantly increased if a collision results.
The law goes into effect in September of 2014. It is important to note that motorists could potentially still be ticketed if they cross a double-yellow line when giving cyclists this space if this places other motorists at risk. Bills proposed in the past would have allowed drivers to cross a double-yellow line to pass cyclists, but they had been consistently vetoed as they may have potentially subjected the state to liability if a crash then occurred.
The cyclists in these crashes have very little opportunity to brace themselves for the collisions. Even with proper safety precautions in place, including a helmet, cyclists will frequently end up with broken bones or traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycling or pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury to help you recover compensation. Because of the severity of injuries that often accompany these types of accidents, it may take several months before you are able to accurately determine the extent of the care that you will need.
During this time, insurance companies may make offers to you in an effort to release any future claims that you may have. If you agree to their offers, you could be prevented from further recovery if your injuries end up being more substantial than previously anticipated. An attorney can help you review these offers, and also prepare your case for trial in the event that you are unable to come to an agreement with these companies.
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