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September 2014 Archives

Cyclists should appreciate new buffer zone

San Diego residents should be aware of a new law that has recent gone into effect, giving bikers added protections when they ride in traffic amongst other vehicles. The new law creates a buffer zone, which requires all motor vehicle traffic to stay at least three feet away from cyclists. Bicyclists in California who share the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles call it getting "buzzed" when a car gets too close to them. But this whimsical nickname underlies a very serious threat to cyclists that could cause them to get into a serious bicycle accident.

Accident victims shouldn't wait to pursue a lawsuit

California, like every other state in the U.S., has set deadlines that victims of accidents must follow if they want to bring their claims for damages before the civil court. The deadline, called the statute of limitations, requires a victim who suffers a personal injury to file their case within two years of the injury, or if the injury is not immediately known, within one year of the date the injury is discovered.

Distracted drivers shouldn't get a free pass

Traffic accidents happen in the blink of an eye, which is why every California driver needs to be able to devote their full attention to the task of arriving at their destination safely and without incident. Unfortunately, the distractions posed by cell phones and handheld devices can distract drivers from the task at hand, increasing the likelihood of car crashes, property damage, injuries and even death. Because of the risks involved in such actions - and the devastating consequences that go along with them - regulations and penalties have been put into place to discourage distracted driving.

Do owners of dangerous dogs face more liability?

People in California know that dog bites are a fairly common problem in many parts of the state, as people in all types of neighborhoods often possess pets that have the propensity for violent or aggressive behavior. Some are trained attack dogs, some are dogs who are bred for violence and some are otherwise well-mannered pets who react unfortunately to stressful situations or people. Regardless of the type of dog, any owner of a dog who bites or otherwise inflicts injury on another person is probably going to be held liable for the damage the dog causes, unless the victim is trespassing on private property when the attack occurred.

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