Road safety laws are constantly evolving. Keeping yourself informed and updated on these laws is important not only for your own driving safety, but also in the case of determining liability if you’re involved in an auto accident. Because the law has such a large impact on the potential outcome of your case, it’s important to stay up to date on the most recent developments in statewide and local law.
For example, a new law affecting motorists and cyclists went into effect last week. The law establishes a “buffer” that needs to be adhered to when passing cyclists. While old laws dictated only that motorists pass at a “safe” distance, the new law demands a minimum three-foot buffer. In other words, cyclists have a little more protection now than they did two weeks ago. Furthermore, this protection could be a critical factor in an accident investigation. In fact, if you pass a cyclist too close, you can also be cited by a police officer.
If you are involved in an accident involving a motorist and cyclist, it is in your best interest to seek the help of an accident lawyer in Los Angeles promptly. An experienced professional attorney can help you navigate the maze of old and new laws to ensure you are receiving the fairest possible treatment. The new cyclist law is just one of many constant changes to the rules of the road that can dramatically change how a court determines your claims.
Naturally, avoiding an accident would be the best case scenario. Drive thoughtfully and follow all rules of the road (new and old) to keep you, your family, and other folks on the road safe. However, accidents do happen, and should you find yourself in that situation, you can trust West Coast Trial Lawyers to guide you in the right direction.