Road laws are intended to serve as public safety measures. As vehicle technology evolves, drivers have more conveniences at their fingertips than ever before resulting in increased driver distractions. The new California driving laws passed on January 1, 2016 include measures to curtail these distractions. The Golden State legislature enacted several new motor vehicle laws which came into effect on January 1st. Even though we are well into 2016, chances are most Californians don't know about the changes. So, whether you're driving a car, truck, van, motorcycle, or, even on a bicycle or skateboard, there are new road rules for all to follow.
In the state of California, there are more than 32.8 million people with a driver's license and a total of 34,346,325 registered vehicles, according to the latest records published by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles. With so many people and vehicles on the roads, it's little wonder why car accidents are commonplace in the Golden State. In the latest figures available, the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System or SWITRS, reports 3,104 fatalities, 223,128 injuries, 156,909 injury car accidents, and 2,853 fatal traffic collisions. Such numbers are shocking and simply cannot be ignored. If you are involved in a vehicle collision, you'll certainly want to know who you can bring action against in California.