The Three Foot Safety Zone for Bicyclists in California

Written by: Bridgewest

The-Three-Foot-Safety-Zone-for-Bicyclists-in-California.jpgThe California Vehicle Code stipulates that individuals traveling on a bicycle on road also traveled by motorists benefit from a safety zone. This law entered into force as a means of trying to avoid the large number of bicycle accidents in the State of California. As a bicyclist injured by a car you can claim compensations with the help of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys.

The three foot rule

According to law, drivers must ensure that they provide a three foot safety zone between them and a bicyclist traveling in the same direction. The previous law did not stipulate such a clear distance but now, with the new provisions in force, drivers need to pay more attention to how they treat bicyclists in traffic in order to avoid an accident.
The Three Feet for Safety Act also stipulates that drivers should only engage in passing a bicycle that travels in the same direction if the conditions are favorable for this action. For this purpose, they will need to consider the speed of their car and that of the bicycle, the traffic conditions, visibility, weather and the surface and width of the road.

Bicycle accidents in California

Collisions between bicyclists and automobiles or motorcycles have become more frequent in recent years as more and more people choose this alternative and economical means of transportation. Because these types of accidents can result in traumatic injuries, it is best for both parties to observe the laws in force and avoid any collisions in traffic.
Drivers need to consider the implications of the Three Feet for Safety Act as failure to observe it can be considered negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. Moreover, the plaintiff (bicyclist) can claim that the driver also broke his or her duty of care.  
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and need professional legal advice you can contact our team of Los Angeles personal injury attorneys. We will evaluate your case and help you determine your rights for compensations after the accident.