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Category: Law

New Bill requires drivers to pass cyclists with a minimum of 3 feet

Posted on August 28, 2013 in Law,Safety

Although Governor Brown has vetoed similar legislation in the past, this was due to language in the previous bills that stipulated slowing down to 15MPH when passing a cyclist. This new version is now without that language, so it may increase the chances it makes it past Gov. Brown’s desk! The Three Feet for Safety Act, sponsored…

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High-End Bicycle Thief in Mountain View Wanted by MVPD

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Law

Be on the look out for this scumbag when in the area of Mountain View.   On 5-2-13 at about 1015 hours a witness reported that an unknown subject knocked on the front door of her second-floor condominium. She looked outside but did not recognize the subject, so she did not answer the door. A few minutes…

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California Bicycle Law of the Day: 27400 Wearing Headsets or Earplugs

Posted on December 11, 2012 in Law

27400.   A person operating a … bicycle may not wear a headset covering, or earplugs in, both ears. While there are several exceptions, the only exceptions generally applicable are as follows: (d) A person wearing personal hearing protectors in the form of earplugs or molds that are specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels. The plugs…

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San Francisco woman catches bicycle bandit suspect with bear spray

Posted on December 1, 2012 in Law

Police believe an area woman Sonya Yu has helped capture the “Bicycle Bandit of Noe Valley” using anti-bear spray and a wooden sword. The suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Andy Anduha, who may be the package bandit / auto thief recently spied on multiple bay area security cameras riding off on a bicycle near the package-grab crime scenes. Ms….

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Police/Traffic Reports in Bicycle Accident Claims – NOT Determinative!

Posted on December 1, 2012 in Law

Most people (and many attorneys) erroneously believe that when the police report places the other party at fault for a traffic collision, the other party’s insurance must pay for any damages/injuries.  This is incorrect. The fact of the matter is that police reports are not admissible as evidence in court.  The report is considered to…

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“High Low” Agreements in Bicycle Accident Litigation

Posted on November 25, 2012 in Law

All attorneys in California who represent injured cyclists should consider whether the use of a “high low” agreement would be beneficial in a particular case. Unfortunately many California attorneys are completely unaware of the availability of these agreements. If you have been injured in a bicycle collision and are represented by an attorney, it is…

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California Bicycle Law of the Day: CVC 21205 (Carrying items)

Posted on November 20, 2012 in Law

While we don’t see this one violated that often, it does happen. California Vehicle Code section 21205 states, “No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.” In plain english, this means that if you are riding a bicycle,…

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