justice delivered

for Motor Vehicle Accident Victims

New California Motor Vehicle Laws for 2013

On January 1, 2013, the state of California passed a handful of new laws that revolve around the privilege of driving or actual drivers. Each of these laws is unique and has a swath of effects on drivers in California. Here is a quick overview of each law and what it means to you as a driver on California’s highways and roads:

Assembly Bill No. 45

  • What is it? The driver of a chartered bus or limo now needs to verify the ages of his or her passengers, to ensure those passengers that are drinking while in the bus/limo are of legal drinking age. If the driver finds an underage passenger indulging in some alcohol, the driver is to immediately terminate the contract and return the passengers to the point of origin.
  • What’s this mean? This means that companies that charter buses and limousines are going to be more careful of passengers drinking in their vehicles.

Senate Bill No. 1047

  • What is it? The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is now able to issue Amber Alerts to help find missing senior citizens, as long as the missing persons meet five individual criteria.
  • What’s this mean? This means that the CHP will be able to help with more missing persons situations than before 1/1/2013.

Senate Bill 1298

  • What is it? This bill legalizes the use of autonomous cars in California. This bill establishes the safety and performance standards for these autonomous vehicles.
  • What’s this mean? This means automatically controlled vehicles, such as the infamous Google Car will probably start to find their way onto the roads of CA.

Assembly Bill No. 1536

  • What is it? Drivers will be legally allowed to text using a device that is completely hands-free and utilizes voice activation commands.
  • What’s this mean? With this bill in place, we’re going to see more drivers texting using their hands-free devices. This might lead to an increase in accidents because drivers will be fumbling to actually turn on their voice activated devices. Also, be wary of drivers who might use this as a gateway to more freely texting in the “traditional” sense – with thumbs.

Assembly Bill No. 2020

  • What is it? This bill removes the option of a urine test for drivers that are lawfully arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination of both. Those persons arrested for DUI will now have only two options of testing for intoxication: breath and blood tests.
  • What’s this mean? Those arrested for DUI will have one fewer testing option.

Assembly Bill No. 2405

  • What is it? Known as the “Choose Clean Cars Act of 2012,” this bill will allow ultra-low emission vehicles to utilize the HOV lanes, even with only one person in the car.
  • What’s this mean? A few more Toyota Prius and Nissan Leafs in the HOV lanes.

We hope that the information we have made available to you will be helpful as you drive on the roads in Southern California and throughout the State of California. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these new laws. Drive safely.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one in such an accident, you may be entitled to damages from the responsible driver. A skilled personal injury attorney can evaluate the case and protect your rights.

Our founding attorney, Scott J. Corwin, has more than 30 years of experience in representing accident victims injured in all forms of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle and bicycle accidents, in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and throughout the state of California.

Bg Testimonials

"5+ Stars for this attorney! There is no better in my book. Thank you for being a great attorney and being there for me when I needed someone on my side. This is the attorney to hire!"

"Scott Corwin exceeded my expectations. He walked me through the entire process but didn't waste my time. He was professional, aggressive, communicative, and efficient. If you want the best, you've found him."

"Scott was diligent, professional, compassionate, honest, and responsive. Scott was able to get me 10 times more than I thought I would receive for my accident. I couldn't recommend a better personal injury lawyer."

"Mr. Corwin is truly an amazing professional with outstanding tenacity and incredible skill for the law. If you want an Attorney that will work and breathe your case, day and night, then Mr. Corwin is the right man."

"I was told that Scott's the best, and he didn't let me down. From the first meeting all the way down through settlement I felt like my interests were being represented by someone knowledgeable, skilled, and that genuinely cared about my outcome."

"The settlement Scott obtained for me has provided my family with the security we need for the future. I recommend Scott Corwin to anyone injured in an accident, whether it's a small case or a life altering injury. He will fight to get you what you deserve."

"The "Force" is with this man! I'm grateful for Mr. Corwin's professionalism and highly recommend him to anyone in need of hi-caliber legal representation."

"Fast, easy, reliable, friendly, and hardworking! Fastest results I've ever heard of. I have only praises to sing about Scott! Will definitely be sending all my friends his way!"

"I got into an accident and I thank god I found Scott Corwin right away. I was treated with respect and all my questions or concerns were always readily answered. He is a rare gem and I highly recommend him."

"I appreciate you for the respectful manner in which you interact with your clients. My experience with you was exactly what I think an attorney client relationship should be. Your keen sensibilities set you apart. You are the consummate professional."

"I'd recommend Scott to anyone and call upon his services again with no hesitation. He's truly a "super lawyer" -- do not wait another minute - you have found your man. Retain him, follow his instructions, and move on with your life. He'll handle everything - what a relief!"

"I located Scott due to stellar reviews that I found online. He exceeded my expectations and I could not be happier with my settlement."

"I was very lucky to come across Scott J. Corwin. Scott made sure I got all the medical treatment I needed. I have worked with many attorneys in the past but Scott is by far the most knowledgeable, responsible, and detail-oriented. I highly recommend him."

"You did a tremendous job! I was extremely surprised and happy with my settlement amount. It was higher than I expected! You definitely are the Super Lawyer!"

"If you need a personal injury attorney who listens, cares about you, is candid, thorough, reassuring, who will be your legal advocate to protect your rights, and will do all he can to obtain the best possible settlement for you, then Scott J. Corwin is that lawyer."

"I have worked with many attorneys in the past but Scott is by far the most knowledgeable, responsible, and detail-oriented attorney I have worked with. I highly recommend him."

"Thank you for your professionalism. You maximized the result for your client and did so much faster than 99% of lawyers ever could or would."

"I am not sure dealing with the aftermath of an accident can ever be hassle-free, but using Scott as your lawyer is about as close as you'll ever get. I give him my most enthusiastic recommendation."

"I enormously appreciate all of the help and hard work you've done for me and for taking care of my doctor's bills."

"Scott was kind, caring and compassionate as well as being an aggressive attorney who was not afraid to take on the insurance company for us. He dealt with everything so I didn't have to deal with anything. I give Scott my highest recommendation."

Hear what our clients have to say

Get the Answers You Need Fast.
No Recovery, No Fee. Schedule a Free Consultation Today.