Category Archives: Pedestrian Accidents

These Are the Three Most Dangerous Intersections in San Francisco

For many years now, San Francisco has sought to be both a walk-friendly and bike-friendly community. Across the city, new bike lanes and crosswalks have been popping up all over the city, but there are still some areas you need to be careful of if you are walking or riding a bicycle.

What Are the Three Most Dangerous Intersections for San Franciscans?

Pedestrian fatalities in California dropped by 11 percent in 2016, however, our state still led the nation in pedestrian deaths. When it comes to bicycle deaths, we rank around 6th per capita, yet still our state averages more bicycle fatalities than any other state. This means we’ve still got a long way to go in order to take a bite out of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Here are three spots where such efforts could do the most good:

  • Octavia Blvd/Market Street– This intersection is known more for bicycle accidents than pedestrian accidents, but a significant number of pedestrian accidents still happen here. Be on your guard if you are cycling near these streets.
  • Potrero Ave/16th Street– This area is rather prone to pedestrian accidents, but is not the most dangerous location for bike collisions. You should be especially careful if you need to cross this intersection on foot. Take extra precautions like observing far off traffic before approaching the curb.
  • 5th Street/Market Street– This is the most dangerous intersection you can approach in the city. It holds the top spot for vehicle collisions, pedestrian collisions and it holds the number two spot for bicycle involved crashes. If you are near Market and 5th, be sure to put your phone away and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Want to learn more about the areas of San Francisco where collisions most often happen? Check out this report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. You can also keep checking in with our Bay Area personal injury attorneys for more ways to make our community safer.

California man charged after fatal pedestrian accident

The California Highway Patrol has reported that a 23-year-old man was taken into custody on Feb. 16 following a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Los Angeles County. Media reports indicate that the Hacienda Heights man is a facing felony DUI charge, and his bail has been set at $100,000. Police believe that the man was driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. Entire blog

4 killed and many injured when car runs into crowd at parade

As California residents celebrate homecoming festivities at schools and colleges across the state, a homecoming parade in another state was the scene of a fatal accident. On Oct. 24, an alleged drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade. At least four people were killed in the crash. The driver of the car was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. She is being held on $1 million bond.

The crowd that gathered for the Saturday morning parade was viewing the parade’s final stages when a vehicle that was not involved in the parade hit several people. A local reporter at the scene who live tweeted the incident said that the car was speeding and did not appear to brake. This comment was based on the lack of the sound of screeching tires, according to the reporter.

Early Saturday afternoon there were official reports of three fatalities from the accident. Local media reports that a motorcycle rider was also injured. Nearly 30 people received injuries and were taken from the scene of the accident by helicopters to area hospitals. The death toll later rose to four, including a 2-year-old child. The 25-year-old woman who was driving the car was taken to jail on Saturday afternoon. According to court documents, she stated that she was suicidal when she drove her car into the parade crowd. Her attorney stated that she has been hospitalized in the past for mental health issues.

Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries. The high costs of medical care after someone has been injured in such an accident could be more than an insurer will offer. Injured victims may thus want to have the assistance of an attorney in seeking appropriate compensation for their losses.

Source: Fox News, “Driver in deadly Oklahoma State homecoming crash said she was suicidal, court document says”, Oct. 27, 2015

Some crosswalks may get new hybrid system

California pedestrians might see a new type of crosswalk coming to their roads known as the pedestrian hybrid crosswalk. Because 70 percent of accidents that kill pedestrians occur at midblock crossings, these may significantly reduce fatal accidents.

The mechanism is pedestrian-activated, and it begins by briefly flashing a yellow indicator that then becomes steady. Next, it shows a walk indication to the pedestrian and a steady red light to drivers. A flashing orange hand warns pedestrians that their indicator is about to be turned off, and motorists get a flashing red light before the system goes dark again.

Several factors make the pedestrian hybrid crosswalk both necessary and successful. They should only be used where there is a marked crosswalk and a high volume of traffic. Since most pedestrian fatalities occur when cars are going more than 40 miles per hour, they also contribute to safer roads where speeds are high. They have also been shown to potentially reduce traffic accidents by almost 30 percent and pedestrian accidents by almost 70 percent. Pedestrian hybrid crosswalks are useful near school and transit locations, and drivers and pedestrians may need to be educated on their use.

A pedestrian may be badly injured in an accident with a motor vehicle. If the accident occurs in a crosswalk or this type of hybrid crosswalk, the pedestrian may not be at fault. While the responsible driver’s insurance company may sometimes cover the pedestrian’s expenses, in some cases, the driver is uninsured or underinsured. In other cases, insurance offers insufficient coverage. In these circumstances, the injured pedestrian may wish to consult an attorney to seek further legal advice. An attorney may be helpful in negotiations with insurance companies. The pedestrian might also choose to file a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties.

Teen charged after hit and run kills pedestrian in California

A California teenager faces criminal charges after a fatal car accident involving a pedestrian in San Leandro on June 18. The 18-year-old male from Hayward was charged on June 27 for the accident that took place at the intersection of Thronally Drive and Hesperian Boulevard.

The pedestrian accident occurred at around 9 a.m., when a 26-year-old woman was crossing the street. A probable cause report written by a San Leandro police officer, reported that the teen ran a red light in his Toyota pickup truck, while traveling at a high speed, and hit the woman. She was taken to a hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries.

After the accident, the teen driver fled the scene. His truck was found on June 19, and he turned himself in later. He faces a misdemeanor charge for vehicular manslaughter and a felony charge for leaving the scene of an accident. The Hayward teen is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and the officer’s probable cause report said that the teen’s actions indicated a disregard for public safety and were negligent.

Negligence can occur when a driver disregards the safety of others on the road and an accident happens that causes injuries to someone else. Speeding and running a red light are two examples of negligence that could lead a victim or a victim’s family to seek compensation in court. Pedestrian injuries can be especially serious, since an individual does not have much protection against a vehicle. When a pedestrian suffers severe injuries, the responsible driver may be liable for the victim’s medical costs and other damages that have been incurred.

Three helicopters evacuate victims from California accident

Six pedestrians were struck, and one was killed, when a 65-year-old man drove his Nissan sedan onto the sidewalk in the 3600 block of Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo. Three helicopters descended on the scene to transport victims. Two of them were a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy, who were hurt alongside their mother.

A traffic sergeant from the police department said that the northbound car initially crashed against a bus stop and injured a 50-year-old man. Then the driver hit a telephone pole before swerving into a group of five pedestrians, composed of three women and the two children. A 40-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene. She had been dragged beneath the car along with another victim. The police sergeant said that a tow truck driver who happened to be on the street helped get the car off the two people.

Rescue workers rushed the other injured people to area hospitals. Their conditions ranged from serious to critical. The police sergeant expressed the opinion that some of them might not survive. Police detained the driver for a medical assessment, suspecting intoxication.

A severe accident like this one illustrates the catastrophic injuries that can be imposed when a vehicle strikes pedestrians. A pedestrian injured by a car might be able to make the case that the driver failed to operate a vehicle safely, especially if the injured person occupied a space specifically for foot traffic. Discussing the situation with an attorney could help to determine if the evidence could support a personal injury lawsuit. If negligence could be proven against the driver, compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages might be awarded.

Source: KRON 4, “Six pedestrians involved in deadly Vallejo accident; intoxication may have been a factor“, Annie Andersen, June 19, 2015

Driver in zombie parade incident pleads not guilty

California residents may be interested to learn that a driver who was responsible for driving through a crowd of pedestrians during San Francisco’s Comic-Con pleaded not guilty to charges on May 3. The incident occurred at a zombie parade near 2nd and Island avenues in July 2014.

During the preliminary hearing, more than a dozen individuals who witnessed the incident stated that the driver appeared angry as he attempted to nudge his way through the crowd while the crowd tried to get him to stop. The driver then suddenly accelerated. One of the witnesses stated that she heard someone screaming. A second witness, an off-duty deputy, stated that he actually knocked on the driver’s side window, but the driver refused to make eye contact. He stated, however, that the driver did not appear angry. Additional witnesses stated that multiple individuals tried to get the driver to stop.

The accused driver, who is reportedly deaf, stated that he was confused by the crowd and did not know why people were banging on his windows. He stated that he was nervous and tried to go very slowly. He was charged with reckless driving and could face up to three years if he is convicted.

A auto-pedestrian accident can leave the victim with serious injuries that could be life-altering. If the driver of the vehicle was distracted, failed to yield to a pedestrian’s right of way or was otherwise negligent, the injured person may wish to consult with an attorney to discuss the filing of a personal injury lawsuit that would seek damages from the responsible party.

Source: NBC San Diego, “Zombie Walk Crash Witness: Driver Was “Super Angry”“, R. Stickney, June 3, 2015

Keeping pedestrians safe in California

On average, a pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident compared to an occupant in a motor vehicle. In 2012, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident every two hours on average and was injured every seven minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This translated to 4,743 deaths and 76,000 injuries in that year. Those over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 5 and 15 are most likely to be involved in auto-pedestrian accidents.

Most traffic accidents involving pedestrians take place in areas where there are no sidewalks or traffic lights. In the event that there is no sidewalk, pedestrians are encouraged to walk in the direction facing traffic. Additionally, they are advised to wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight when walking at night.

Those who have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses and lost wages if they are unable to return to work after the accident. Injured victims may wish to seek the help of a personal injury attorney to determine the process for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

Keeping pedestrians safe in California

On average, a pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident compared to an occupant in a motor vehicle. In 2012, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident every two hours on average and was injured every seven minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This translated to 4,743 deaths and 76,000 injuries in that year. Those over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 5 and 15 are most likely to be involved in auto-pedestrian accidents.

Most traffic accidents involving pedestrians take place in areas where there are no sidewalks or traffic lights. In the event that there is no sidewalk, pedestrians are encouraged to walk in the direction facing traffic. Additionally, they are advised to wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight when walking at night.

Alcohol plays a large role in these accidents, and both pedestrians and motorists have been found to be under the influence of alcohol prior to an accident. Overall, 48 percent of accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians in 2012 were alcohol-related, according to the NHTSA. Research indicates that 34 percent of pedestrian victims had a blood alcohol content higher than .08 percent while 14 percent of drivers involved in pedestrian accidents had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

Those who have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses and lost wages if they are unable to return to work after the accident. Injured victims may wish to seek the help of a personal injury attorney to determine the process for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

Musician David Crosby hits pedestrian in California

Iconic musician David Crosby struck and injured a jogger in Santa Ynez Valley on March 21. Authorities said the incident took place on Baseline Avenue near Mora Street, which is close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s home.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 46-year-old man was jogging westbound on the roadway with his son when Crosby’s black 2015 Tesla hit him. The victim was pushed forward and fell to the ground, suffering multiple lacerations, abrasions and fractures. He was transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara with injuries that were believed to be non-life-threatening. His son was not injured.

Crosby was reportedly driving at 55 mph at the time of the crash, which is the legal speed limit. He told investigators he was momentarily blinded by the sun and did not see the jogger. He immediately pulled over and offered assistance to the victim. Authorities said he was not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Residents of the area said that portion of the roadway is known for sun glare at this time of year. A representative of the CHP said joggers and pedestrians should face oncoming traffic in order to avoid danger.

A pedestrian hit by a car could potentially face weeks or months of difficult recovery time. Some injuries, such as to the brain or spine, could even leave a victim permanently disabled. Anyone hurt in such an accident may file a civil lawsuit against the driver that hit them even if police choose not to file charges in the case. With the aid of an attorney, a victim could attempt to prove that the driver’s negligence was responsible for their injuries. A successful claim could bring needed financial compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: KEYT, “Musician David Crosby Injures Jogger in Santa Ynez Valley Vehicle Accident,” John Palminteri, March 25, 2015

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