2016 has been marked as a year of multiple new laws in California. Dozens
of new bits of legislation are set to become law as the calendar progresses,
including a slew that directly affect driving laws in the state. The question
that is on the minds of anyone who has been hurt in a
car accident is, “Will these new California driving laws affect my
personal injury claim or lawsuit?”
The answer is yes. But not to fear. Whereas most of the time a new law
means more trouble for the individual state resident, this batch actually
seems to largely benefit people who have been hurt in a car accident.
Three of the major changes established or soon-to-be established into law include:
Statute of limitations: If your loved one loses their life in a hit-and-run accident, it can be
incredibly frustrating knowing that the time to file a lawsuit is dwindling
away while the perpetrator remains unidentified. The new changes to the
law will permit you one year to create a
wrongful death lawsuit against that negligent and criminal driver, starting when they
are identified. This means that it could be 10 or more years until the
police can positively figure out who did the hit-and-run but you could
still sue them if and when they do find out.
Yellow Alerts: Amber Alerts have been used for years to track down kidnappers using the
highways to commit their crimes. The California Highway Patrol will soon
be permitted to use a similar system to issue a “Yellow Alert”
to track down motorists who commit hit-and-runs. This ties in heavily
with the aforementioned statute of limitation changes.
Limousine safety: There has been a great deal of controversy about limousines and the numerous
hazards they impose upon their passengers, in particular how difficult
they can be to escape in the event of a catastrophic car accident. A new
law requires that limousine windows swing outwards to provide an additional
exit. If you are hurt in a limousine accident and the windows do not push
out, you might have grounds for a lawsuit.
Have you been injured in a car accident and aren’t sure where to
begin filing your lawsuit or claim? Allow our Irvine car accident lawyer
from The Law Offices of Thomas E. Rockett to help you. We can explain
how new and current laws could affect your chances in court, and what
you should know as your case progresses. Ultimately, our goal is your
comfortable recovery, as we strive to do all we can to prove that to you.
Call us at 714.701.8182 today to request a