According to recent statistics, more than 50,000 bicyclists every year are injured on America’s roads. Cyclists must contend with omnipresent traffic dangers that can lead to injuries such as paralysis, concussions, contusions, lacerations, and broken bones.
In Los Angeles, cyclists are particularly at risk because the city’s traffic dynamic is tooled to favor motor vehicles, trucks and even pedestrians over bicyclists. Indeed, Southern California cyclists face unique challenges, such as:
Poorly Maintained Roadways
Since the Southern California climate is generally arid, when precipitation falls for the first time in weeks, the roads can get slick and dangerous. Pot holes, metal plates, and cracked roads are only a few of the additional hazards facing cyclists, causing more bike injuries.
Bicycle Accidents Caused By Traffic Congestion
Given Southern California’s notoriously congested surface streets and highways, it’s not uncommon for bicycle accidents in Los Angeles to occur in conjunction with multiple vehicle pile-ups. In such cases, assigning liability can be complicated by the number of parties involved.
Accidents Involving Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers
Many Southern California drivers don’t have adequate insurance to cover liability. If an uninsured or under-insured motorist hits you, you may need to seek special redress to get fair compensation.
Even if your Los Angeles bike accident case is relatively straightforward — for instance, a car failed to see you at an intersection and side-swiped your bicycle — the technical legal issues regarding your matter can get quite complex.
Whether you’re recovering from a fender-bender at an intersection or you crashed into another cyclist, the California Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Lewitt Hackman can help you attain the best possible result for your case. We have the tactical and strategic experience to manage your personal injury case. Call 818.990.2120 or e-mail to talk to us today — confidentially — about your bicycle accident injury matter.