Bicycling is more popular than ever, thanks to our desire to pursue fitness-related activities and municipalities’ expansion of bike trails and bike lanes on city streets in Los Angeles. As the popularity of the sport continues to grow, bike riders need to remember that their safety is not guaranteed as long as they share streets and street crossings with cars and trucks. Even though more laws and considerations are given to protecting bicyclists on the road, they are still extremely susceptible to injury compared to the drivers of motor vehicles on the road.
The first automobile accident ever recorded in the U.S. was in 1896 in New York City, when a motor vehicle collided with a bicyclist. Since then, thousands of cyclists have died and many more have been injured, as motor vehicles became the preferred mode of transportation. Fatalities of bicyclists in motor vehicle accidents began being recorded in 1932 and over 53,000 cyclists have lost their lives since then.