January 6th, 2014| The dangers of motor vehicle collisions are a very real risk for those traveling along the highways in California. In fact, the state’s Office of Traffic Safety says that in 2011 alone, a total of 2,791 motorists lost their lives as the result of crashes on California’s roadways. The Alameda Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers state that in an effort to curb the problem of car accidents in the state, officials enacted several pieces of legislation with the New Year that are aimed at improving highway safety. Reports indicate the different law covers several different aspects of highway safety in order to diversify efforts. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, one of the most important laws to be adopted prohibits anyone under the age of 18-years-old from using a handheld electronic device to send or receive text messages, even if it is equipped with a hands-free device. Another important law that was adopted establishes a distance motor vehicles must maintain when passing a bicycle. The new legislation states a car should pass a vehicle within no less than three feet. Any failure to do so will result in a fine, even if no collision occurs. William Berg and his team of Alameda Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful the changes in the law are successful in preventing accidents and keeping those who travel in the state throughout the remainder of the year safe!