If you ask a bicyclist about how many times that they've had a close call or full-out crash while riding their bike in Los Angeles, they'll likely tell you that it's happened more than once before. While they may have walked away unscathed from most of them, they'll probably say how at least one crashes left them with severe injuries. They may all tell different stories about what they did after being struck.
Sometimes, drivers who do not exactly appreciate sharing the road with cyclists will question why they do not ride on the sidewalks and stay off of the road entirely. In some cases, they'll ask this as if they believe the cyclists are in the wrong.
In recent years, there's been an increase in the installation of bike lanes in cities across the United States. Many nonprofits have long advocated for them as a way to reduce bikers' fears of becoming involved in crashes. There are some things that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists could stand to learn about how to use them more effectively though.
The impact that the use of a helmet can have on protecting an individual from injuries or death has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. This is especially the case as researchers have learned more about the lasting impact that concussions can have on an individual's life.
Right after you're involved in a crash, the adrenaline coursing through your veins can prevent you from knowing whether you've been seriously hurt. While you may think that your injuries aren't severe enough to need an ambulance summoned, it's always good to get checked out by a doctor after a crash. It's also important that you go to your nearest emergency room right away if you start experiencing certain symptoms.
On Thursday, September 20, a Los Angeles jury ordered that both the city and Caltrans pay $9.1 million to a Topanga Canyon man for having suffered a brain injury along the Pacific Coast Highway in July of 2014. At the time, the man had apparently been trying to avoid running into some debris along the roadway when he lost control of his bike.
A male bicyclist was struck and killed in Lancaster at roughly 6 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, August 25. The incident occurred near the intersection of Stanridge Avenue and Avenue K.
In recent years, there's been an uptick in the number of bike lanes being installed in urban areas across America. Bicycle safety advocates have long argued that the installation of these lanes would go a long way in reducing bicyclist injuries and deaths. Have they really lived up to the hype and curbed crashes as much as they were supposed to though? It's hard to tell.
Data published most recently by federal officials in 2016 reflects that 835 American bicyclists died that year in crashes with cars.
Bicycles can both build a child's confidence and also break it down. While a child learning to ride a bike may feel empowered being able to get around on their own, falling off their bike, or even worse, being struck while out riding it can cause them to fear doing it ever again.