New Cyclists Bill –How will it Affect you?

An important piece of legislation affecting California cyclists has been passed by lawmakers. The measure would make the roads safer for cyclists by creating a three-foot passing rule. Many are skeptical of the law’s ability to protect cyclists and prevent personal injury cases say Javaheri&Yahoudai attorneys in Los Angeles.

The legislation requires motorists to give cyclists a minimum spacing of three feet while driving. When cyclists are present, drivers are to maintain a distance of three feet when passing and following cyclists on the road.

Senate Bill 1464 was sponsored by the City of Los Angeles and the California Bicycle Coalition. Sen. Alan Lowenthal played a major role in drafting the piece of legislation. The bill amends an existing bill, clearly defining what a safe distance for clearance should be for motorists.

Previous laws only required that drivers maintain a safe distance when driving wherever cyclists are present. By not defining what is considered to be a “safe distance,” drivers are unaware of how much distance should be kept when passing cyclists.

According to research, cyclists are more likely to be hit from behind as motorists attempt to pass. In fact, most cyclist fatalities and accidents are related to passing. A provision in the bill also requires motorists to slow to 15 MPH in order to pass the cyclists in the event that they are unable to maintain the required three feet of clearance.

Some argue that more should be done in the way of improving local infrastructure to keep cyclists safe. Road improvements like biking lanes or expanding existing ones are being suggested by supporters of the measure. Others believe that the measure alone is enough to make cyclists safer on the road.

Environmentalists and cyclists have shown tremendous support to the legislation. By improving cyclist safety, more individuals will feel safe biking to work and will have more commuting alternatives available to them.

Last October, a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor argued that densely-populated areas would make it difficult for motorists to maintain such a distance. The new version of the bill is meant to address concerns expressed with the previous SB 910 bill.

New Speed Technology Prevents Car and Truck Accidents

According to a new study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, electronic devices installed in trucks to prevent speeding behavior have been show to improve road safety.

Data collected between 2007 and 2009 showed that the crash rate among a sample of truck drivers decreased with the speed prevention technology installed in vehicles. The rate for drivers without the speed control devices was at 16.4 trucks per 100 compared to 11 per 100 for those with the speed technology installed. With the release of the truck driver study, carriers are likely to begin requiring that this technology be present in all vehicles operated by truck drivers.

Described as having provided a “profound safety benefit” to the general public, the large scale introduction and subsequent implementation of the speed limit technology could be helpful in preventing thousands of crashes each year, says the TopPersonalInjuryLawyers.com

Each year, 15.5 million trucks are operated on U.S. roads. An estimated $4,900 per second is spent on car-related crash incidents. With over 2 million tractor-trailers operating on the roads, speed and safety is a major public safety concern. In the past two decades, the increase in the number of car accidents has increased by 20 percent, research says. This means that individuals are more at risk of becoming involved in a truck driver accident than ever before, a recipe for an increase in personal injury lawsuits.
Speed limit technology coupled with driver safety training could improve road safety, researchers say.

If an individual is involved in a truck driver accident, it is recommended that the person seek immediate legal representation to make sure that any legal matters that may arise from involvement are handled in a professional manner. Because the number of parties involved can include the truck driver, the owner of the vehicle, the transportation company and the manufacturer of the car parts, the average personal injury victim would have to invest a lot of time into working with the insurance company to make sure that medical expenses are handled. This is why a Javaher & Yahoudai Personal Injury Law Firm should be involved in the case before the initial claim is filed.