Did you know that in 2017, Los Angeles paid out nearly $19 million to cyclists and their families? Broken roads and pavements caused damages and injuries and deaths of cyclists during that year. These records also reflect a considerable increase in the number of cyclist accidents during that year. There are four times cyclist accidents compared to the past years.
Los Angeles was accused of ignoring road hazards despite complaints from residents. The Bureau of Street Services inspects major streets up to four times a year but do not regularly check residential streets.
Swelling Costs Are Alarming
Some lawmakers suggested to close the bike lanes in poorly-rated streets. This strategy seeks to divert cyclists to ride elsewhere. This strategy is not realistic. People will still use roads, whether there are biking signs and lanes in the area.
Injuries from Broken Roadways
Road maintenance costs money. It is better to allocate that money to road maintenance instead of paying for damages of cyclists and lawsuits.
Here are some of the common injuries that cyclists sustained:
- Brain injuries or
- Broken necks
- Cracked pelvises
- Sprained and broken wrists
Bikers should be cautious on the roads that they are passing by. It is also essential to wear a helmet to avoid severe injuries in case of going through a broken road. If this happens to you, seek the help of a lawyer and make sure to get medical help at once.