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Los Angeles to pay an injured biker $6.5 million

The Los Angeles City Council, in a vote of 11 to 0, agreed to pay one of its residents $6.5 million as a settlement in his bicycle injury case. The Sherman Oaks man reportedly suffered both a severe brain injury and several broken bones two years ago when he was thrown off his bike while riding it over a pothole along Vista Boulevard.

In the man's lawsuit, which he filed jointly with his wife, he accused both the state and county of having neglected to properly maintain the city's roadways. They noted that the pothole upon which he lost control of his bike was nothing more than a "concealed trap" destined to injure bicyclists.

Why traffic-related fatalities are on the rise across Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been awarded the unfortunate distinction of being the city with the highest traffic fatality rate per capita in the United States. New York's rating is more than half of the Los Angeles one. During the past three years alone, traffic-related deaths have steadily increased.

In 2015, 186 people died in crashes in Los Angeles. That number rose to 260 by 2016. As for this year, that number is projected to increase yet again.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Heightened After Set Crash

Following the fatal accident that killed Joi Harris in Vancouver, many industry professionals are left wondering why Harris was put in that position. Harris, an acclaimed road racer, had zero experience doing stunts for films. Stunt coordinators and drivers alike are left baffled and in shock over her tragic death. Some were critical of the decision to let Harris attempt the stunt. Conrad Palmisano, a film stunt coordinator with 47 years of expertise in the industry, said, "she rode 300cc cycles. The one she crashed on was 900cc motorcycle - much bigger, more powerful."

A 53-year-old man dies in a motorcycle crash on the 5 Freeway

A 53-year-old Lancaster, California, man lost his life in a motorcycle crash along the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles county in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The Sylmar-area accident, which involved the decedent's motorcycle and a truck, was first reported to police at 4:24 a.m. that morning.

According to witness reports taken at the scene of the crash, the decedent had been traveling along southbound Freeway 5, just a short distance south of the Freeway 215. It's soon after the man had passed the freeway's intersection with Roxford Street that he came upon a Toyota T100.

How California Highway Patrol helps motorcyclists avoid crashes

Thousands of Californians take to the road to travel by motorcycle on a daily basis. While many do so as a way of enjoying the sunny weather and beautiful vistas the state has to offer, others do so in an effort to try and steer clear of traffic jams.

As carefree as riding their motorbikes may make them feel, this mode of transportation is perhaps one of the most dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle crash fatalities are 27 times more common than any other type of fatal accident.

Camp Pendleton to Offer Safety Training to Marine Riders

Following multiple fatal crashes involving Marines in Southern California, officials of Camp Pendleton decided to offer special motorcycle safety training. This summer, three marines passed away in motorcycle collisions in the greater San Diego area. According to John Waltmon, the Traffic Safety Manager for United States Marine Corps, "a lot of it has to do with inability to stop or control the motorcycle." The program offered at Camp Pendleton is designed to teach situational awareness while riding motorcycles. As many riders can confirm, so much of experienced motorcycle riding revolves around predicting other drivers' decisions. Too often are motorcyclists struck by drunk drivers whose behavior is often unpredictable on the road.

The Battle For Bicycle Safety Continues

The battle over traffic efficiency and traffic safety rages on as the city of Los Angeles struggles to find creative ways to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety. Construction of "Road diets" and lane reductions to force reduced speeds for safer traveling and reduced likelihood of fatal accidents have been met with great criticism, to say the least. Complaints of increased commute times from infuriated South Bay residents have flooded City Hall over a specific road diet slowing traffic in Playa Del Rey to an absolute crawl during early commuter hours. The Westport Condominium Association filed suit in complaint of the impact on their properties. Despite the efforts of the city to increase traffic safety, the lane was restored to allow greater traffic flow to accommodate those affected by the road diet.

72-year-old woman sentenced in DUI death of toddler

A 72-year-old Los Angeles county woman was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 10, to six years in prison. Earlier that day, she entered in a guilty plea on vehicular manslaughter charges at Los Angeles County's Airport Courthouse. She had been accused of striking a stroller carrying the 15-month-old son of a Swedish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter while intoxicated at the wheel on Sept. 3, 2016.

That day, the elderly Hawthorne woman was driving near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and 133rd Street and struck the toddler's stroller. He was being pushed within the crosswalk by his 15-year-old aunt at the time.

Safety tips that can help motorcyclists avoid accidents

Many Southern Californians have taken to riding motorcycles in recent years as a way to get around the ever-present traffic jams that seem to exist in every major city across the region. Currently in California, there are 1.3 million licensed motorcycle operators.

With more motorcyclists on the road, safety concerns have become more magnified, especially in light of a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistic. They found that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than drivers of passenger cars.

103-Year-Old Woman Takes First Motorcycle Ride

While many people dismiss riding motorcycles as reckless or dangerous given the number of traffic fatalities involving motorcycle collisions, some relish the notion of riding with the wind against their jackets. 103-year-old woman Bert Mullenbach dreamt of riding a motorcycle for years, not once believing she would ever do it. When the opportunity arose, Mullenbach accepted the offer of her lifetime from her dentist. Fred Carlson took Mullenbach for a tour around Rochester, Minnesota to let her experience the thrill of a true motorcycle ride. All leathered up, they traveled for miles around town.

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