Unsafe stormwater grates that run parallel to the traffic direction caused significant injuries to a Nashville bicyclist, who has settled her personal injury lawsuit for $196,056. Margaret Yoste had her front tire drop into a stormwater grate that runs parallel to the street and traffic and was thrown over her handlebars suffering substantial injuries.
Source: The Tennesseean
Perpendicular stormwater grates are safe for bicyclists to ride over; Nashville, as other cities should be, is in the process of replacing the parallel grates with perpendicular grates. There is a duty to provide for reasonably safe roads, streets and and bike trails. Another example is injuries caused by a defective bike trail: Defective Bike Trail Cited In Injury Case Settled for $1.2 Million.