In California, many cyclists are injured when vehicles tail them too closely. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there has been a 60% increase in bicyclist deaths in the last 13 years.
To address this issue, the state introduced the Three Feet for Safety Act in 2014. This regulation mandates drivers maintain a minimum distance of three feet, approximately the width of a car’s passenger-side door, when overtaking cyclists, providing essential safety to bicyclists on the roadway.
Awareness of the legal stipulations and potential repercussions of non-compliance can help reduce accidents, ensuring safer California roads for cyclists. Should you suffer an injury as a cyclist due to a driver not maintaining a three-foot clearance, our team of California bike accident lawyers can assist you in pursuing compensation.