For the mobility impaired, they’re the cause of dangerous end-runs into the street. Or worse, injury caused by tip-overs of unstable wheelchairs.
“Anyone who lives in Los Angeles can attest to the poor condition of its sidewalks – it’s a fact of life,” said Surisa Rivers, an attorney for the Los Angeles-based Disability Rights Legal Center, whose class-action lawsuit to compel Los Angeles to make its sidewalks and curbs comply with the American Disabilities Act is scheduled for trial in
November.”This is a civil rights issue. It’s the city’s failure to comply with its obligation under disability rights laws. We have clients who have to go out in the street if they want to go out to the neighborhood grocery store,” she said. “Not only is it unsafe, but it’s humiliating.”