5 Cities in Los Angeles County with the Most Bicycle Fatalities and Injuries and Ways to Keep Safe
In California, bicycle fatalities and injuries happen more frequently in Los Angeles County.
30 percent of all reported bicycle fatalities and injuries over the last five years took place in LA County, according to recent studies. This is almost 2,000 more accidents higher than the second highest county in Cali on the list (Orange).
Studies reveal a 22 percent increase in bike riding across Los Angeles since 2017.
LA is a beautiful city for bicyclists. Whether you are taking a ride along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, or traveling via bike to a farmer’s market in Toluca Lake, soaking up the sun on a bike can help with physical and mental well-being.
Despite various safety precautions a rider may take, the possibility for bicycle fatalities and injuries is still high in LA county.
The five deadliest cities in Los Angels county for bicycle accidents are:
- Los Angeles
- Long Beach
There are even more injuries than fatalities.
The cities in Los Angeles county with most bicycle injuries includes:
Los Angeles – The most populous city with over 3 millions residents and the seat of the county, LA is also the city with the most bicycle fatalities and injuries. There were an average of 1,183.6 accidents over the last five years.
Long Beach – while technically a suburb, Long Beach is a major hub in the county. With a lot of coastline and many residents, Long Beach saw an average 220.20 injuries or accidents over the last five years.
Santa Monica – as previously mentioned, Santa Monica is a popular destination for bicyclists. With 50.80 injuries recorded in the study, it’s undeniably a danger zone for bikers.
Pasadena – there are many popular biking areas around the city, and it’s not rare to see people riding bikes around the Rose Bowl. Pasadena saw a total of 48.40 bicycle injuries.
Pomona – Located in the Pomona Valley, the city surprisingly had a higher total of bicycle injuries than others with a larger population, finishing with a total of 39.
Even if there is a high risk for accidents, there are a number of ways bicyclists can try to keep safe while out for a ride.
- Wear protective equipment, like a helmet and pads. These items can protect you in the event of a fall or being hit by a car.
- Wear bright colored clothing. This can help increase your visibility. Use reflectors or other reflective gear, especially at night, for the same reasons.
- To avoid confusion, know the path you want to ride before you head out on the road.
- Don’t ride against traffic, rather ride with it.
- Follow any and all street signs or traffic lights as if you were operating a vehicle.
- Listening to music via earbuds or talking on the phone can distract you from riding. Focus only on the bike ride.
Frequent injuries following a bicycle accident may include:
- A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that leads to further complications
- Back injuries like a herniated disc
- Neck injuries like whiplash or a broken neck
- Facial injuries like a broken nose
- Cuts and scrapes
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Any one of these injuries may prevent you from returning to your bike for a long period of time.
Suffered an injury after a bicycle accident? You may have a claim.
The personal injury lawyers at C&B Law Group are prepared to help you following bicycle fatalities and injuries.
Our group of attorneys bring years of experience helping those injured in various types of accidents, including ones involving bicycles.
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- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain or suffering
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