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Avoid These Most Dangerous Places to Bike Ride in Los Angeles

Unfortunately, Los Angeles has taken the lead as the most dangerous city for bicyclists in the United States. The Golden State has also been mentioned as the “hit and run capital of the country.” Still, that does not affect the popularity of bicyclists occupying the streets each year. Through new bike-sharing programs, such as Metro Bike, access to a bicycle has never been easier. 

However, with new bicyclists roaming the streets of Los Angeles nearly every day, it has become more risky for them to get into an accident. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our expert Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys will help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for any damages caused by a collision. 

To schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

Why Is Los Angeles So Dangerous for Cyclists? 

Los Angeles has over 28,000 miles of street lanes and only 0.6 percent of that is bike-friendly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2016 through 2018, more bicyclists were involved in fatal accidents across California than during any three-year period within the last 25 years. A total of 455 cyclists were killed in these collisions. Out of all the counties, Los Angeles (106), Sacramento (47), and Orange County (32) have had the most bicycle crashes. Nationwide, it has been reported that about 2,516 cyclists died in traffic accidents. This is claimed to be the highest three-year death rate since the mid-2000s. The alarming combination of uneven pavement, cracked sidewalks, missing traffic lights, and thousands of overzealous drivers have created a fatal environment for bicyclists.

City safety programs, such as Vision Zero, have taken special safety measures to improve over 80 streets and intersections that have proven to be extremely unsafe. However, even with the city’s aggressive safety attempts, a total of 240 people were killed in traffic accidents last year. Below is the breakdown:

  • 127 pedestrians
  • 21 bicyclists 
  • 69 motorists 
  • 23 motorcyclists       

Vision Zero and What Is Being Done to Keep Streets Safe for Cyclists 

Fueled by horrific statistics, Vision Zero was created in 2015 and is committed to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025. The first action the organization took was to repair a cluster of streets that were deemed as the High Injury Network (HIN). High Injury Network is identified as an area where a high level of traffic injuries and deaths occur. Vision Zero had redesign plans placed for:

  • Roadway Redesign 
  • High-Visibility Crosswalks 
  • Curb Extensions 
  • Pedestrian Islands 
  • Optimizing 400 traffic signals 

Most Dangerous Intersections in Los Angeles 

It is widely known that California is one of the most dangerous states in terms of car accidents and traffic-related injuries. Below are the statistics regarding specific intersections.

Intersection 

Council District 

Pacific Coast Hwy & Temescal Canyon Rd.

11

Gaffey St. & Westmont Dr.

15

Roscoe Blvd. & Winnetka Ave.

3

Vernon Ave. & Central Ave. 

9

Vista Del Mar & Imperial Hwy.

11

Hollywood Blvd. & Western Ave.

13

Tampa Ave. & Roscoe Blvd. 

3

Burbank Blvd. & Woodley Ave.

6

Manchester Ave. & Vermont Ave.

8

La Brea Ave. & Adams Blvd.

10

Victory Blvd. & Coldwater Canyon Ave.

2

Florence Ave. & Hoover St.

8

Olympic Blvd. & Orme Ave.

14

Pacific Coast Hwy. & Figueroa PI.

15

Sherman Way & Hayvenhurst Ave.

6

Sunset Blvd. & Fairfax Ave.

4

Victory Blvd. & Wilbur Ave.

3

Victory Blvd. & Reseda Blvd.

6

Lincoln Blvd. & Washington Blvd.

11

Most Dangerous Corridors in Los Angeles 

 

Corridor Name 

From Street to Street 

Imperial 

ATHENS WAY – VERMONT AVE.

La Brea 

ADAMS BLVD. – COLISEUM ST.

Normandie 

LOMITA BLVD. – PACIFIC COAST FWY 

Highland 

FRANKLIN PL. – SANTA MONICA BLVD.

Lincoln

COMMONWEALTH AVE. – VENICE BLVD. 

Woodman

SHERMAN WAY – SATICOY ST.

Gaffery 

14TH ST. – O’FARRELL ST.

Manchester 

MCKINLEY PL. – VERMONT AVE.

Western 

LEXINGTON AVE. – RUSSELL AVE.

Beverly 

NORMANDIE PL. – WESTMORELAND BLVD. 

Vermont

GAGE ST. –  79TH ST.

Western

3RD ST. –  WASHINGTON BLVD. 

Hollywood 

FULLER AVE. –  LYMAN PL.

La Cienega 

GUTHRIE AVE. –  WHITWORTH DR.

Sunset 

L. RON HUBBARD WAY – SELMA AVE. 

Victory 

FULTON AVE. –  WHITSETT AVE.

Normandie 

BEVERLY BLVD. – MELROSE AVE. 

Pico

2ND AVE. – WESTERN AVE. 

Culver 

CENTINELA AVE. – SLAUSON AVE.

Vermont 

7TH ST. – BEVERLY BLVD.

Lincoln 

BLUFF TRAIL ROAD – MANCHESTER AVE.

Santa Monica

BROCKTON AVE. – SEPULVEDA BLVD.

Ventura 

GARDEN GROVE AVE. – WHITE OAK AVE.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party accountable. Our skilled Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. 

Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.

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