My cycling attorney pal Jim Moss of Recreation Law looks at a civil lawsuit from 2012 filed by a cyclist who was doored while riding her bike in a marked bike lane in Avalon, New Jersey.
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.
Here’s an interesting bill introduced by Democrat Representative Anna Moeller of Elgin. HB 5912 would add a single sentence to the Illinois Vehicle Code:
Sec. 11-903.5. Bicycles. A driver of a vehicle upon a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any person operating a bicycle.
This is cool: At their next meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will consider an ordinance to provide defense and indemnification to owners of property with dedicated public recreational trails.
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.
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.”