Sewer grates or Sewer bars can present a serious danger to California bicyclists. If sewer grate bars go in the same direction as traffic, bike tires can easily become stuck between them causing the bicycle rider to fall and get injured. Due to many outspoken bike riders, most cities and counties in California have changed the shape or direction of sewer grates or partially covered them with crosshatch safety bars; yet, many dangerous sewer grates still remain on the roadways and streets throughout California.  If a California cyclist gets into a bike accident because of a sewer grate, the argument for pubic entity or government fault goes is as follows: Bikers have a right to ride on a safe road under state public safety and welfare laws; a direction-of-travel sewer grate presents a serious unexpected hazard; and there are simple, inexpensive remedies for the problem, none of which the city or county employed to eliminate the danger.  The liability argument usually needs to be argued after a lawsuit is filed because most city and public entities usually deny the claim before a settlement is made; this is not true in all cases, and every case is different.


Mark C. Blane is a San Diego Bicycle Accident Attorney, and the managing lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, a San Diego, California Pedestrian Injury Law Firm devoted to representing families of injured persons of automobile accidents. If you or someone you love, has been injured or killed in San Diego County, or Southern California, due to the negligence of another, please order your FREE copy of Mr. Blane's book, The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case, BEFORE You Call A Lawyer. It is full of helpful information, insights, and secrets that will help you protect your legal rights.  It normally sells for $16.95; however, it is free to all California residents, or those injured in a California accident.