Many people use bicycles to get around for a variety reasons, ranging from fitness and health to economical constraints. Unfortunately, cyclist also face numerous hazards on their journeys. One such a hazard, which often may go unnoticed, is the danger of broken and uneven pavement.
A recent decision by one city council in California to settle a civil claim by paying out an amount of $ 7.5 million to an injured cyclists illustrates the danger posed by broken or uneven pavements. This ruling came only one month after another claim by a cyclist was settled for $6.5 million. In this instance, the cyclist suffered a brain injury.
In the most recent accident, the cyclist was left paralyzed after he crashed his bike when he hit uneven pavement. To make matters worse, the Los Angeles City Council was aware of the fact that a tree root had pushed the pavement up, as the issue was inspected. However, it was never repaired. The victim is now a quadriplegic.
It appears as if the roads in Los Angeles pose many hazards to cyclists. In the past few years, 17 claims have been initiated by cyclist against the city. Another settlement may soon be in the cards.
Cyclists or pedestrian in California seriously injured after a fall or accident due to broken or uneven payment have the choice to file a personal injury claim against the relevant city council. An evaluation of the individual claim by a lawyer may provide the needed guidance. A successfully litigated claim may result in the award of damages for any monetary losses sustained.
Source: usnews.com, "Los Angeles to Pay $7.5 Million to Paralyzed Bicyclist", Oct. 04, 2017