In a horrific tragedy, a 17-year-old boy driving an SUV lost control of
his vehicle, sped through an intersection and ran into a man and his two
daughters while they were riding on the sidewalk. The man died at the
scene, and one of his daughters died at the hospital. The other –
a 12-year old – sustained only minor injuries.
According to reports, the boy has been charged with two felony counts of
vehicular manslaughter. While the accident remains under investigation
authorities suspect that the driver may have been
texting while driving. If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injuries, it is important
to consult with an experienced
San Francisco personal injury attorney to determine your rights and protect your interests.
While it hasn't been confirmed that texting played a role in this tragic
accident, the incident serves as a good opportunity to remind San Francisco
drivers to pay attention and avoid distracted driving at all costs.
Despite California laws forbidding texting while driving as well as significant
public awareness campaigns targeting this dangerous practice, the fact
remains that 60% or more of teens admit to texting while driving. Teens
continue to text and drive
even though an overwhelming number agree that it is likely they will get in an accident
if the text and drive.
Whether texting will ultimately be found to have played a role in this
accident is unknown. However, as San Francisco personal injury lawyers
we have seen far too many instances of serious personal injuries and
wrongful death occurring when drivers fail to abide by California law and continue dangerous
cell phone usage.
For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered any serious
personal injury, contact the dedicated San Francisco personal injury law
firm of Bostwick & Peterson for a free, immediate consultation.