Urban cycling is experiencing a renaissance in major U.S. cities, and L.A. is no exception. Currently, there are 350 miles of bike paths in the city, including the Los Angeles River Bicycle Path, which runs from Burbank to Long Beach.
However, given L.A.’s extreme traffic density, the city can also be quite dangerous for cyclists.
Nationwide, bicyclists account for just one-percent of all road traffic. Yet they also account for three-percent of all traffic fatalities. Roughly 50,000 cyclists are injured every year in auto collisions.
The reason why is simple: Although bike lanes and other safety measures have grown more popular in recent years, cyclists have much less protection from other travelers and the surrounding environment. One moment of inattention can have grave and lifelong consequences.
Los Angeles is especially dangerous not only for its traffic congestion, but also for its design. The city’s streets are engineered for cars and designed for maximum traffic flow. The number of bike-specific lanes in L.A. lags other large cities.
In order to avoid being seriously hurt in a cycling accident, it’s important to follow basic safety rules, including:
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer a cycling-related injury, you’ll also want to speak with an experienced attorney.
At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we specialize in bicycle accident litigation. Don’t hesitate to call today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.
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