In a city dominated by cars, people who choose to get on a bike on traffic-congested roads are paving the way for change. The lack of parking and public transit in cities like Los Angeles makes biking a worthwhile option for many commuters and avid cyclists. But this proactive movement, centered on sustainability and new urbanism, faces serious challenges.
Much needs to change, especially with drivers of vehicles and their awareness of cyclists on the road and how to act around them. We as advocates for cycling say, “You can’t see what you’re not looking for.” A classic public service announcement about bike safety illustrates the situation perfectly.
How Drivers Endanger Bikers In LA
Drivers are paying attention to traffic lights, other cars and things they shouldn’t be, such as cellphones. They’re not looking for cyclists, and your field of vision as a cyclist is probably smaller than a driver’s. On top of that, a city like Los Angeles is notorious for its hostile drivers and poorly maintained roads. This can be a recipe for disaster for cyclists, leading to injuries or death.
Every day, the safety of cyclists is put at risk by a lack of attentiveness by drivers, lack of bike lanes, unsafe road conditions and other problems in infrastructure. The problems are costly, not only to the city with payouts to injured cyclists quadrupling in the past decade, but also to victims and their families, whose lives are changed dramatically by serious, life-changing or life-ending injuries.
Possible Injuries from Bicycle Accidents in LA
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injury
- Broken bones
- Total or partial paralysis
- Neck injury
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Internal organ damage
- Back injury
Why You Should Choose Our Los Angeles Bicycle Attorney
Cohen Law Partners believes that when you fight for the rights of one bicycle accident victim in Los Angeles, you are also advocating for change.