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New traffic safety laws for California in 2019

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Generally, you expect roads to be safe. You expect motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians to follow the laws and be mindful of the safety of everyone else. Traffic and road laws help everyone avoid accidents

California has a multitude of new rules and regulations regarding driving and bicycling in 2019. Here are a few of the most notable new traffic laws that may affect your safety. 

Ignition-interlock devices

Drunk driving is negligent and irresponsible. Thanks to SB 1046, first-time offenders who cause injuries because of drunk driving must install a DUI ignition lock for one to two years. The installation requirement also applies to repeat drunk drivers. This law was previously in effect in a few counties – Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare and Sacramento – but now it applies statewide. Hopefully, this will reduce the number of car crashes caused by intoxicated motorists.

Bicyclist hit-and-run

A new law, AB 1755, aims to protect bicyclists who sustain an injury due to other cyclists. It is now a felony for cyclists on bike paths to leave the scene of an accident. If a bicycle hits you while on a bike path, make sure you and anyone else involved stays there long enough to obtain information vital to an insurance claim. 

New driving test question

One way the state promotes traffic safety is by requiring a strict test to obtain a driver's license. The DMV test is now a little bit more difficult. All driver tests must now include at least one question regarding driving with an unsecured and unsafe load, such as loose items, ladders or buckets. 

Truant driving 

Truants, those who habitually stay away from school, can now enjoy more freedom to drive. A new law, AB 2685, repeals an old law that required the juvenile court to restrict, suspend or delay driver license issuance to truants. 

Passing garbage collection vehicles

AB 2115 calls for motorists to pull into adjacent lanes whenever they are passing or approaching garbage trucks with flashing lights. If pulling into such a lane is not possible, drivers must slow down to a reasonable and safe speed.

If you have suffered injuries as the result of an accident, you may be able to obtain compensation. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.

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