Category: law

Justice for a bicycling farm laborer

Back in July 23, 2013, 65-year-old farm laborer Jose Martinez-Sanchez was biking to work on rural Highway 129 / Riverside Drive outside of Watsonville, California when he was hit from behind at 50 MPH by the driver of a Ford Mustang. Martinez-Sanchez was thrown into the opposite lane, where he was struck and killed by the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

riverside at Coward, Watsonville CA


“Bicycles must pull over” bill passes California legislature

California Assembly Bill 208 passed both the Senate and the Assembly and currently awaits a concurrence vote before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his veto. The intent of this bill is to clarify the existing slow-moving vehicle law so that bicycles along with any other slow moving vehicle must pull over whenever five or more vehicles are piled up behind the cyclist on a narrow two-lane road.


Hawaii: No insurance payouts to cyclists?

For today’s game of Legislative Whack-A-Mole, I present HB 1423 from Hawaii. Representative Ken Ito in the Hawaii State House introduced this bill which “prohibits a bicyclist or moped operator injured in an accident with a motor vehicle from receiving personal injury protection benefits from the insurer of the motor vehicle.”

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