The Cartwright Law Firm Explains New California Driving Laws of 2013

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The legal experts at The Cartwright Law Firm examine the legal implications of new driving laws that will take effect in 2013.

The Cartwright Law Firm explains the effects of new 2013 California driving laws.

With the New Year, new laws will be taking effect in 2013 that will impact California drivers. The legal experts at The Cartwright Law Firm explain the effects of some of these pressing new legal regulations.

In 2013, a new law will affect those accused of driving under the influence of a drug or the combination of drugs and alcohol [AB 2020]. Under the previous law, a driver arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) could undergo a urine, breath, or blood test to determine the amount of alcohol or other substance in his or her body. Once the new law is enacted, the DUI driver arrested for being under the influence of a drug or the combination of drugs and alcohol, will only have the option of taking a blood test. The San Francisco auto accident lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm explain that with this new law, drivers will have fewer options to measure the substance content in their bodies when arrested for a DUI.

Another law will impact the use of hands-free technology while driving. The existing law prohibited drivers from using electronic devices to write, send, or read text-based communications while driving. However, the new law [AB 1536] will permit drivers to send and read text-based communications if they are using devices specifically built to be hands-free and voice-operated and are used as such while dictating, sending, or listening to a text-based communication. However, the personal injury lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm caution that drivers may still be cited if they cause an accident due to being distracted while driving. They may also have a harder time defending against a liability suit arising from such driving practices. Recent studies find that texting while driving is 17 times more likely to result in an accident than driving under the influence.

Finally, California lawmakers have added a new provision regarding the use of autonomous, or “driverless,” cars [SB 1298]. Under this new law, driverless cars will be permitted on public roads, but solely for testing purposes and only if a fully licensed operator is also behind the wheel. This new law also tasks the Department of Motor Vehicles to devise regulations and safety standards for the use of autonoumous vehicles on public roads. However, the legal experts at The Cartwright Law Firm explain that the personal use of driverless cars is still prohibited under California law. The legal ramifications of accidents occurring while an occupant of an autonomous vehicle have yet to be addressed by the courts. These developments raise interesting questions that will have to be sorted out.

For more information about the new California driving laws or to get legal advice from Bay Area car accident attorneys, contact the experts at The Cartwright Law Firm.

About The Cartwright Law Firm
In business for more than 50 years, The Cartwright Law Firm is nationally recognized as a leading authority in personal injury and wrongful death law. Led by attorney Robert E. Cartwright Jr., the firm provides individualized service to injury victims and employees throughout Northern California. Once Cartwright Law agrees to represent you as a client, they have the well-earned reputation for investing the resources, whether it is time or money, necessary to win your case.

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