Imagine riding your bike down the street like you always do. You know the neighborhood like the back of your hand. You’re familiar with where cars are normally parked and where the road is more hazardous than in other spots.
Since you’re familiar with the area, you would be completely surprised if something out of the ordinary resulted in a crash, but that’s what happened. The city had come to fix a sewer line, and the top of the drain wasn’t replaced correctly. Your tire hit it hard, and you were thrown from your bicycle.
Accidents like this are all too common, and it’s important to hold agencies responsible for failing to finish projects or to complete maintenance. Here’s a good example that took place in Los Angeles.
According to the Sept. 6 news, the city has determined that it will pay $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit against it. A man filed a lawsuit after suffering broken bones and a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of hitting a pothole. He and his wife sued the city, state and the county because the street had been so poorly maintained. After deliberating, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the settlement for the man who is expected to have some permanent disabilities in the future.
Crashes like this should never happen. When a city knows that certain streets are not being maintained, that city needs to take action to repair or replace the roadways. Not doing so can lead to accidents like this and large personal injury payouts.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Los Angeles OKs $6.5 million to settle lawsuit after cyclist hit a pothole,” Emily Alpert Reyes, Sep. 06, 2017