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How safe is Los Angeles for cyclists?

California is a cyclist's haven, with its year-round temperate climate and abundant sunshine. Cyclists in Los Angeles enjoy wonderful weather, but the conditions for safe cycling are less than optimal.

Bikers face numerous hazards and risks that can lead to serious and even fatal injuries. In fact, Los Angeles ranks among the top 10 most dangerous cities in the nation for cyclists. Here are some major points to consider in terms of cycling safety in LA and the risks that cyclists face.

Lack of cycling infrastructure

LA is known across the country for its tangled commutes, endless freeways and gridlocked traffic jams. The city's residents rely almost exclusively on their cars to get them even the shortest of distances. One of the main issues and risks for cyclists in the city is that LA lacks cycling infrastructure. Because there are so few designated bike paths to keep cyclists safe, and because motorists are not accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists, the risks are real, and injuries often result from traffic accidents with bicycles.

Injured cyclists can seek compensation

Personal injuries are common among cyclists who commute in LA, and victims can seek compensation for their injuries. Victims of injuries often face high medical bills and lost wages due to time off work for recovering from injuries. Some injuries may be so severe that they cause temporary or permanent disability with lifelong consequences.

In cases like these, it is essential to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney who handles bicycle accidents. A lawyer can determine the extent of the compensation that the injured cyclist should seek in a lawsuit, as well as determine negligence on the part of the person or circumstances that led to the accident. In addition, an attorney can negotiate with insurance companies, making sure that the client's best interests are the primary concern. Consulting with a lawyer can help ensure the injured party receives the appropriate compensation that he or she deserves with regard to the injuries suffered.

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