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Citrus Heights Traffic Stop Did Not Cause Death

I’m Ed Smith, a Citrus Heights Car Accident Lawyer. I proudly help families who have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence. Wrongful death lawsuits help plaintiffs find financial help during times of crisis, which can help the family cover funeral expenses, medical bills, and lost wages. Wrongful death lawsuits are an important part of our justice system in California.

Today we will examine whether installing a dash cam (dashboard camera) in your vehicle is a worthwhile endeavor.  These days you cannot escape cameras.  Everyone seems to have a smartphone, and no longcameraer do cell phone cameras produce grainy, obscure images – these phone cameras are advanced, with clear, focused pictures and even excellent video capabilities.  We already know that most businesses have digital cameras pointed at us.  Some of us have had the luck of being captured on a “red light camera” as we push the yellow light a little too far.  Many motorcyclists wear helmets with a portable digital camera, and now, more and more people are having dash cams installed in their vehicles.

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Did you know that as of September 16, 2014, California motorist have been required to “give bikes three feet” when passing in the same direction of travel as the bicyclist?   Three feet of clearance has been recommended by the California DMV in its’ driver handbook for several years, but this new law makes it official.

With summer upon us, more bicycles are out on the area road, and it is a good time to familiarize oneself with this fairly new law.  The three feet distance extends to any part of the bicycle, the bicyclist and any part of the motorist’s vehicle.  Prior to the passage of this law, the California law was that motorists were to pass at a less specific “safe distance”.

Tragic stories about wrong-way drivers and resultant horrific accidents on Sacramento freeways have been all over the news lately.  Fourteen confirmed lives have been claimed this year in this region as a result, and another recent fatal crash is under investigation to determine whether a wrong-way driver was the cause.

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics show that wrong-way drivers cause approximately 3% of collisions on divided highways.  Despite the low percentage, that type of accident is far more likely to cause fatalities and/or catastrophic injuries.

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Aggressive driving has become an all-too-common and dangerous  problem on California highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named aggressive driving as a factor in a significant number of fatal automobile collisions.

The NHTSA definition of aggressive driving is operation of a motor vehicle that puts people or property in danger (or is likely to).  Aggressive driving includes speeding, excessive and/or improper lane changing – including not signaling or not ensuring that the lane change can be safely performed, and improper passing, such as on the shoulder or passing on the right.