Bicycle accidents are among the most devastating traffic accidents, frequently resulting in personal injury and wrongful death. This is because bicycles are difficult to see or hear and because riders have little protection. In an effort to protect bicyclists who share the roadways with larger passenger vehicles and trucks, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the "Give Me 3" bill into law last month
Officially known as Assembly Bill 1371, "Give Me 3" requires drivers to give bicycles riders 3 feet of clearance when passing. Under current California law, motorists are required to pass cyclists at a "safe distance." The new law provides a clear definition of safe distance and will take effect on September 14, 2014.
Bicycle Accidents in Ventura
In Ventura and throughout the state, bicycling has become an increasingly common mode of transportation. Residents throughout the region have taken up bicycling as a form of commuting, recreation, and exercise.
By law, bicycle riders are considered motorists with the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. This means that bicycle riders, too, are required to obey traffic laws and uphold a standard of care when riding on public roadways. Unfortunately, even the most experienced and vigilant rider can face risks when sharing the road with negligent or careless drivers.
When bicycle accidents are caused by drivers who fail to uphold their legal duty to drive safely – either by disobeying traffic laws or by otherwise driving negligently – injured riders and their loved ones may have a right to compensation. By working with our experienced Ventura bicycle accident lawyers at Lessem Newstate & Tooson, LLP, local victims can gain the support and aggressive representation needed to recover the compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal bicycle collision, do not hesitate to learn more about your rights by speaking with a Ventura personal injury lawyer. For more information about your case and how our firm can help, call (800) 462-7160 for a free consultation.