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Cycling Safety Legislation

Written by Steven Brown.

AB 1371 Safe Passing of Cyclists LawAB 1371, dubbed the "Safe Passing Law," has reached the Governor's desk, having passed the State House and Senate. This law prescribes specific action that is required of a motorist when passing a cyclist. A driver approaching a cyclist must allow 3 feet between the vehicle and the cyclist when passing. There is accommodation for the driver to cross over double-yellow lines and other traffic limiting lines, when safe, to accomplish this. If the road or traffic conditions do not permit this safe distance, the driver may pass with less distance once slowed to a reasonable speed and in a manner that does not endanger the cyclist. There is a minimal fine of $35 for violation of this law, unless the violation results in injury to the cyclist, which then triggers a $220 fine. The Governor has vetoed similar laws in the past, though 22 states have such laws on the books at present.

Garcia v. Chen

Written by Steven Brown.

Garcia v. Chen, M.D. (Plaintiff's Verdict)

In April, 2012, A Yolo County Jury returned a medical malpractice verdict on behalf of Moises Garcia against Yolo County General Surgeon, Emery Chen, M.D.

Personal Injury Verdict

Written by Steven Brown.

Matamoros v. Sosnowski

In October, 2012 a jury in the Eastern Disctrict of California (Sacramento) returned an approximately $800,000 verdict in favor of the surviving mother of a 23 year-old son who was struck while walking down Donner Pass Road in Truckee by a drunk driver. Brown & Gessell represented Mrs. Matamoros in a two week trial before Federal District Court Judge John Mendez. Doug Gessell and Steve Brown co-tried the case that featured experts in accident reconstruction and toxicology.

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