Bicyclist

Bicyclist

L.A. Cyclist Hits Pothole and Gets $6.5 Million Settlement

We here in the Tulsa area we are no strangers to traveling on roads under construction, in fact we do it on a daily basis. Just when you think the City is done with one project, they tear another roadway up and start another. Not to say that the improvements are not needed, some of the local roadways are horrible, often cracked, uneven roadways that are riddled with potholes and missing pieces of actual roadway. These hazardous roadway flaws are considered the responsibility of government transportation agencies, who are supposed to smooth over this brokenness or at least provide adequate warning about the threat. If no such repairs or precautions are taken, leading to a auto, motorcycle or bicycle accident, the transportation department may be held accountable for its dangerous mistake. Auto motorists are not the only travelers on the road at risk, imagine what theses roadway flaws are like for bicyclists.

For one Los Angeles resident, the poor condition of the roadways in his neighborhood that caused a serious accident and injury, resulted in a $6.5 million settlement with the City of L.A.. Peter Godefroy lost control of his bicycle 2 years ago when his bike hit a pothole on Valley Vista Boulevard in Los Angeles, throwing him to the ground. The crash left him with broken bones and a severe traumatic brain injury, according to his lawsuit. After the accident, he and his wife, Patricia, decided to sue the city, the county and the state, arguing that the street he was bicycling on was so poorly maintained that it had created a “concealed trap for bicyclists.” As a result of government negligence, the lawsuit claimed, Godefroy had suffered injuries so severe that he expected to have “some permanent disability.” On Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council agreed with the Godfroys’ and voted 11 to 0 to approve the $6.5-million settlement.

Roadway

Roadway

Mr. Godefroy’s attorney, Spencer Lucas, said in a statement following the vote:“We are happy that the city has taken responsibility for the safety of the roadway at issue that caused life-changing injury. We are proud of the bravery that Peter and his family have shown throughout this case and hope that this settlement can improve the quality of his life despite his ongoing injuries.” Los Angeles has been sued repeatedly over road conditions following gruesome crashes.

This is not the first time the city of Los Angeles has payed for it’s poorly maintained roadways. In the spring, the city agreed to spend $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit from the family of Edgardo Gabat, a 56-year-old man who was thrown from his bicycle and killed after hitting uneven pavement in Eagle Rock. Los Angeles approved more than $15 million in settlements or legal judgment payments for bicycle accidents linked to dangerous road conditions during the last budget year, according to a motion filed recently by City Councilman Paul Krekorian.

This is not a problem seen only in and on California roadways, the dangers of bicycling on U.S. metropolitan roadways are a national problem and definitely need attention. California and the city of Los Angeles is of course not the only location that has these types of road conditions and lawsuits concerning bicyclists. Below you will see a national look at the statistics of injured bicyclists across the nation.

2015 Cyclists Casualties

Crash Stats

Crash Stats

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It’s common knowledge that riding a motorcycle or bike comes with a high risk of serious injury. Since there is nothing to shield a person a on a motorcycle, these accidents have the most serious injuries of all types of traffic accidents. Although there are ways of protecting yourself on the road by wearing helmets and other protective gear, sometimes it’s not enough.

The most common types of injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include neck injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord and back injuries.

Motorcycle and bike accidents have serious repercussions. The nature of these accidents may cause serious emotional trauma and extremely high medical bills.

These potentially life-altering physical and emotional effects is why you need an experienced attorney on your side who will work to get you deserved compensation. You may be wondering:

  • How do I get my motorcycle or bike repaired/replaced?
  • What happens if I can’t work?
  • Who will pay my medical bills?
  • Why isn’t the insurance company helping?

 

Regardless of what type of accident resulted in your injury, no case is too minor or complicated for the law offices of Jones Brown. We value having excellent communication with our clients and perform an in-depth investigation for each unique case. We handle a variety of different traffic accident cases, including driver negligence, impairment, and recklessness, dangerous road conditions, construction zone accidents, drunk driving and hit and run accident. Serious accidents come with a great amount of emotional and physical distress, let us help you handle the rest.

 

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Sources: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812382

                http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bike-settlement-20170903-story.html

 

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