What the law change means for California pedestrians You probably didn’t know it, but if you live in California, there’s a good chance that you’ve been breaking the law when you walked across intersections with countdown signals. It’s easy to break this traffic law without even thinking about — especially in busy, crowded San Francisco, […]
On May 8, 2014, a 20 year-old woman suffered multiple injuries when she was struck by a Honda CRV in the crosswalk. The woman properly hit the crosswalk button and waited for the flashing lights before entering the crosswalk. The front bumper of the CRV hit the woman and she was thrown to the ground. The driver of the CRV told police she did not see the pedestrian, however police stated the flashing warning lights are difficult to miss, and they cited the driver with failure to yield.
Even those of us who drive, take transit, or bike practically everywhere we go end up as pedestrians a good deal of the time. When we are on foot we are particularly vulnerable to injuries in the event of an accident. Pedestrian injuries are a serious public health issue in major metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, and data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that approximately 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in 2011 alone. When pedestrian accidents occur as a result of driver negligence, victims may be able to recover for their losses by filing a California personal injury claim.
Winter has been deadly for San Francisco pedestrians in the last few years. Seven pedestrians were killed in accidents in December 2013, rounding out the deadliest year for pedestrians in the Bay Area since 2007. SF Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities The pedestrian injuries and fatalities continued through January and February, prompting San Francisco police chief […]