City of Los Angeles To Pay Cyclist $7.5 Million For Injuries
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to approve a $7.5 million payout to resolve a personal injury claim filed by William Yao, who sued the city following a debilitating bicycle accident.
Approximately three years ago, Yao was riding southbound in a bike lane on Reseda Boulevard when his tire struck a patch of sidewalk that had been lifted four inches by a tree root, throwing him from his bicycle onto the sidewalk, according to his lawsuit.
Mr. Yao was rendered a quadriplegic from the accident, despite wearing a helmet. Prior to the crash, the city had received several complaints about the dangerous condition but had neglected to repair it.