Road cyclists in West Covina face a variety of dangers — the most serious of which includes being hit by an automobile. Because bicycles offer much less protection than cars, trucks, and other vehicles, bike riders are at risk for serious injury and even death.
Vehicles are not the only safety concern for cyclists. Indeed, the roads themselves can present seemingly hidden dangers. A few of the most common road-related dangers for bicyclists include…
Potholes are among the most dangerous road condition hazards for cyclists because they are incredibly common, especially on many of the older roads running through West Covina and East LA. Hitting a pothole can cause a number of problems for cyclists, from puncturing a tire to throwing the rider off the bike and into moving traffic. The most effective way for dealing with potholes is to avoid them by riding around them, but that is not always an option, as many times you do not see them until it is too late. Cities are supposed to maintain their roads. If you or a loved one has been injured by a pothole or other roadway condition, contact an experienced injury attorney about your legal rights.
Rain is not the only reason roads get slippery.
- Painted roadways can be slick, especially in wide markings like pedestrian crossings.
- Metal surfaces in the road (like manhole covers and steel plates) are as slick as ice when they are wet.
- Sewer grates, like manhole covers and steel plates, are generally made of metal and can be slippery. The large slates in the grates can also be a trap for bike tires.
- Uneven surfaces like speed bumps and curves in the asphalt can send a cyclist reeling off course and into traffic.
If you or a loved one was injured by dangerous road conditions in West Covina, know that the law and the experienced bike accident lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm are on your side.
Most Common Types of Cyclist Injuries
While cyclists can suffer almost any time of injury in an accident, the most common injuries are leg and arm injuries, including breaks. Unfortunately, head injuries are also quite common (and a reason why wearing a helmet is so important!), with about 40% of cyclists suffering from at least one head injury during their lifetime. For bicyclists injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, such as a truck driver’s, you may have a legal claim and financial compensation may be available.
For more information about your bike accident, contact the proven accident attorneys at Gholzand Law Firm today for a free consultation.