This past weekend a pedestrian was struck and killed in a San Francisco Muni bus accident. The accident occurred after a pedestrian stepped out into traffic from between two parked cars. According to witnesses, he was struck by a bus near Fillmore Street and became pinned under the bus. The identity of the victim has not been released, but he is described as a male in his 40s. As part of standard procedure the man has been placed on non-driving status.
This bus accident is one of several that have occurred over the few months, injuring pedestrians and bicyclists. If you have been injured in any type of personal injury accident in San Francisco, consulting with an experienced San Francisco accident attorney is critical to answer your injury questions and determine your next steps.
Whenever any accident occurs, including a wrongful death, it is important for a knowledgeable injury lawyer to investigate all of the possible factors that may have contributed to the incident. Where a pedestrian is injured, issues to consider include whether the individual had the right of way, was crossing within a crosswalk or followed all appropriate traffic signals. Further, where a bus, car or other motor vehicle is involved it is important to investigate whether the driver's conduct was careless or reckless, if the driver followed all rules of the road, whether the bus or car had any defects and whether the roadway design caused or contributed to the accident in any manner. Because California is a comparative negligence state, even if an individual is partly responsible for his or her injuries, he or she may still be able to recover compensation.
Here, all of the factors involved in causing the accident have not yet be determined.
For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injuries please contact the top San Francisco accident lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate, confidential consultation.