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California Motor Vehicle Code 21950 give pedestrians the right of way when they are crossing in crosswalks. All cars and trucks must yield to a pedestrian crossing the street at approved crosswalks, whether they are marked or unmarked walkways.
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California Motor Vehicle Code 21805 requires drivers to be cautious and yield the right of way to riders in designated horse crossings.

Section 21805 of the California Motor Vehicle Code states that anyone driving a car, truck, or bicycle on the streets must yield to horses and riders in designated bridle crossings. However, 21805 also notes that the horseback rider must use due care not to proceed into the path cars. Just because you are in a designated crossing, does not eliminate your duty to look both ways before crossing the street.
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When you are driving on the roadways of California, Motor Vehicle Code 21753 requires you to yield when passing cars approach you.

If you are driving slower than the rest of traffic, you should drive as far to the right side of the road as possible to allow the cars behind you clearance to see oncoming vehicles in the other lane. When you are driving slower than the rest of traffic, even if you are going the legal speed limit, you must allow cars that are trying to pass you a safe way to go around.
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California Motor Vehicle Code 21800 gives several specific instances when you should yield to other cars at intersections.

You must yield to cars that are approaching highway on ramps, and to cars on your immediate right at four way stops. You must also yield to cars when approaching an intersection where the traffic lights are not functioning. If you fail to yield, and you cause an accident, you could face liability if anyone is injured.
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California Motor Vehicle Code 21759 requires drivers to be cautious when approaching animals on California roadways.

This would mean that it is the car driver’s responsibility to ensure that they pay attention to where the horse and rider are. The horse is unable to see what may be coming up behind it making it very important for you, the driver, to drive cautiously. Horses also become spooked very easily. This means that it is very important to refrain from yelling or honking your horn when passing by a horseback rider.
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California Motor Vehicle Code 21756 requires drivers to stop behind a trolley when it is loading or unloading passengers and only pass when it is safe to do so. If you are able to pass then you are not allowed to drive faster than 10 mph until you are safely in front of the trolley.
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Huntington Beach intersections have been known to pile up with excited residents and tourist coming to see the cities many attractions. Huntington Beach or Surf City is a busy place filled with live music, surfing, and an exciting nightlife. Although the city appears to be filled will fun for everyone there are a number of dangers to tourist and residents alike. Huntington Beach is home to 25 of the busiest intersections in Orange County. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking, riding a bike, or traveling by car, these intersections could increase your likelihood of a personal injury accident in Huntington Beach.
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If you’ve ever seen the Sparrow — a futuristic looking three-wheeled enclosed bike — then you’ve seen the type of vehicle to which this law applies. California Motor Vehicle Code 21714 makes it a crime to drive a fully-enclosed three-wheeled motorcycle or mini-car in the car pool lanes. You also cannot split lanes in these vehicles by driving between two cars that may be driving in front of you.

Sparrows were built in California from 2000 until around 2002 and run on several batteries. The cars are electric hybrids and are designed to travel up to 70 miles per hour. Sometimes they have two wheels in the front; sometimes the two wheels are in the back.
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California Motor Vehicle Code 21712 requires all passengers to be inside the vehicle in intended seating. You cannot allow passengers to ride in anything while you are towing it.

If you have ever seen an accident involving a camper, you’ll know why it’s a bad idea to allow passengers to ride in it while it’s being towed. Most campers and travel trailers bust apart like Popsicle sticks when they roll over or are hit from behind. Anyone traveling inside them if this happens will likely suffer serious or life-threatening injuries.
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