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New 2014 Laws of Note for California Drivers

California legislators passed many bills during the most recent legislative session, and several of those new laws will impact motorists throughout the state. Two of these new laws deal specifically with issues related to driving safety, and motorists need to be aware of these changes before they head out on area roadways.

The first of these new laws concerns texting while driving by drivers under the age of 18. These drivers will now be prevented from sending, writing or reading a text message while they are driving, even if they are using a hands-free device. This would include the use of any voice-activated systems or programs. Officials are concerned that even this level of distraction could lead to motor vehicle accidents for young drivers still learning safe driving habits.

The second new law concerns the sharing of the roadway between cyclists and motorists. Drivers will be required to give cyclists three feet of space when passing the cyclist, and if this amount of space is not possible in a particular area, drivers will be required to slow down and pass only when it is safe for the cyclist.

Motorists could receive a ticket if they do not allow three feet when passing, even if no accident occurs. This law will not go into effect until September, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been trying to educate drivers of the new requirements now so that they are prepared for these changes.

More people have been commuting by bicycle in the region, and this law finally passed after several previous efforts by legislators failed. Law enforcement officers are still encouraging cyclists to wear clothing that makes them visible to motorists, as this may help reduce the chances that an accident will occur.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may find yourself uncertain about the next steps that you should take. Contact an experienced motor vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle accident attorney to discuss the facts of your case in order to learn more about the potential to recover compensation from the responsible parties.

An attorney will examine your situation, and answer any questions that you may have about settlement offers that you are receiving. Before you make any decisions, it is important that you are aware of the impact that these decisions may have on your future claims. You need to be sure that you know the extent of your injuries, and the costs associated with the treatments that you will need to return to your pre-accident state of health.

Our founding attorney, Scott J. Corwin, has more than 30 years of experience in representing accident victims injured in all forms of motor vehicle accidents, whether by a negligent driver who is distracted or otherwise, for automobile, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and throughout the state of California.