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Understanding the Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law

If you live or work in Los Angeles, you are very familiar with the fact that LA roadways are continually bombarded by traffic. As a result the road congestion, bicycles are increasingly becoming a reliable form of transportation for many area locals. At the same time as bicycles have gained popularity, however, incident rates involving bicycle rider harassment and injuries are also on the rise. It is for that reason that the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., are committed to educating our clients about their rights and the Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law.

According to Streets Blog LA, in the fall of 2011, the city ordinance was enacted in order to help enforce civil and criminal statutes that were already in place protecting the rights of bicycle riders and accident victims. Until that moment, law enforcement agencies and legislatures were forced to concede that current laws prohibiting bicycle harassment were not being actively followed or enforced.

The Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law prohibits several forms of aggression towards you and other bicyclists, including physical threats and/or assaults, intentional distractions and/or injuries, and intentionally forcing you off the road. Another important thing that the Cyclist Anti-Harassments Law does is give you the opportunity to pursue civil claims in such cases. If you were harassed by a motorist while riding your bicycle, you could have grounds to pursue damages under the law. The ordinance sets a minimum award of $1, 000 in many cases, and that amount is tripled in cases involving property damage and/or physical injury.

Being able to identify whether and how you were subjected to bicycle harassment can play an important role in achieving the recognition and compensation that you deserve for your accident injuries. Learn more about bicycle accident liability by visiting our web page today.

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