While residents of any city may complain that unpaved and pothole filled roads are aesthetically displeasing, the real incentive for cities to make sure their roads are as smooth as possible is the possibility of accidents. Citizen safety is obviously a concern, but cities also want to ensure that their potential liability is as low as possible, and making streets safe is one means of doing that. This is becoming especially true as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their primary means of transportation. When a car hits a pothole, there may be an uncomfortable bump, and the car may sustain damage, but it will generally not result in an accident. A bike hitting a pothole is whole different story, however, and bicycle accidents as a result of poorly maintained streets may lead to serious injuries. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert bicycle accident attorney at 617-787-3700.
In 2017, Los Angeles paid out over $19 million in lawsuits surrounding bicycle crashes, an amount four times higher than any year in the past decade. Victims and attorneys are suggesting that the city is not nearly vigilant enough in maintaining its streets at a proper level, and an in analysis done by the LA Times, 20% of Los Angeles’s streets with bike lanes received a grade of D or F in terms of quality.
Some experts blame the city’s poorly coordinated public works department, while others suggest that those that suffer bike accidents have more avenues with which to explore potential claims than in the past. Whatever the cause, Mayor Eric Garcetti has since assured the media that L.A. is working vigilantly to reduce the number of such bike crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert bicycle accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!