Three Feet for Safety Act: To Target Safer Roads for Bicyclist in California

Three Feet for Safety Act To Target Safer Roads for Bicyclist in CaliforniaWith the distressing increase of fatalities concerning bicyclists, the state of California had introduced and take in effect last September 16, 2014, the “Three Feet for Safety Act (California Vehicle Code Section 21760)” which graces all of the bicyclists with a safer cycling experience while claiming ample space on the road.

The law enforces a no less than 3 feet safe distance allowance for all bicyclists to be complied by the motorists, having due regard for the size and speed of both parties’ transit units/vehicles, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and the surface and width of the road, when passing and overtaking. In cases of unexpected circumstances caused by the above factors, a motorist must acknowledge a reasonable slow driving at an apt safe speed and passing over a bicycle rider only if such action will not initiate and contribute to any harm.

Therefore, if a motorist had proven to commit any related violation/s, he or she will automatically be obliged by the law, to provide a fine of $35. However, if the violation had provoked an occurrence of a collision which resulted to any level of injury towards a bicyclist, an increase of fine amounting to $220 [in total] will be lawfully reprimanded against the concerned motorist.

On the other hand, motorists must also be aware of the bicyclists’ rights protected by the California Vehicle Code (CVC) which states that, with few exceptions, bicycle riders being also considered as drivers of vehicles are bestowed with same, equal rights and responsibilities like the motorists under the CVC. And also, bicycle riders are eligible to consuming the entire traffic lane in circumstances wherein the lane is too narrow to be shared by both the motorists and bicyclist.

With the simplicity and clarity of the contents enclosed in CV CS 21760, motorists are expected to diligently and consistently follow the above rules and regulations. And so, by following the Three Feet for Safety Act, several common factors such as taking left turns, neglectful and sudden opening of a vehicle’s door, irresponsible crossing at intersections, and unwarned reversing, which root collisions between the motorists and bicyclists may be escaped.

In addition, several laws also protect the welfare of bicycle riders in the state. These include the CVC 21200 (a), CVC 21202 (a), CVC 21650, CVC 21650.1, CVC 21202 (a) (3), and CVC 21656. In addition, bicyclist must also conform with all the rules that the state of California enforces to them. In that way, both motorists and bicycle riders will be able to claim a fair roadway justice.

Teenager Dies in a Bike Accident after an Attempt to do a Trick Maneuver

A 15-year-old teenager on Wednesday died from a bike accident after attempting to do aggressive bike tricks in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.

Police and fire authorities immediately responded to an emergency call at around 5:15 in the afternoon from 4500 block of Myer Road, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin last May 9.

Initial reports revealed that the young man was trying a new trick maneuver on his bike. Apparently, when the bike went off the air, the teen lost control of his bike then struck a tree, according to the authorities.

Although the teenager was wearing helmet and safety gears and the authorities tried to revive him as well, all efforts proved futile. The young man died at an early age.

Authorities already notified the school officials in the Monona Grove School District where the teen attended school. Also, they will have an additional grief counselor available to help other students deal with their school mate’s death.

Like in Cottage Grove, biking is very common everywhere in the city of Los Angeles. In fact it is the most common form of exercise in California. Unfortunately, bikes also contribute a lot to the growing number of fatal accidents across the country; that is why biking can be a not-so-good idea, since bike accidents occur every now and then.

If you happen to be involved in a bicycle accident and sustained personal injuries due to other people’s negligence or recklessness, you have the legal rights to file for a personal injury claim against the liable party.

If the accident occurred in Los Angeles, you may seek legal assistance from a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney to have your case evaluated and make you understand your legal rights, as well as to help you achieve success in your claim.