San Francisco news reports that 3 people have died following a car crash
with a taxicab. Several sources indicate that the driver of the car was
speeding and doing donuts before it eventually ran into a taxicab at the
intersection of Brannan and 9th streets. The force of the collision caused the car to burst into flames.
Two victims inside the car were badly burned; a third victim was ejected
onto the street. All were pronounced dead at the scene.
The taxicab driver suffered minor injuries to his head and was taken to
San Francisco General Hospital.
According to reports, before the crash a police officer had seen the white
Chevy involved in the accident driving recklessly, and had attempted to
pull the driver over. However the car continued on, subsequently running
several red lights. The California Highway Patrol officer (CHP) stopped
the pursuit after determining that it was too dangerous.
In general, victims of car accidents and their families may pursue compensation
for injuries sustained against the driver of the car, and the owner of
the car. Further, in California, you can recover compensation from any
other at-fault party, regardless of the degree of your own fault. However,
under California comparative negligence laws, any compensation you recover
will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Although passengers generally
are not considered at-fault for injuries sustained in car accidents, in
some instances fault will be assessed such as where a passenger encourages
One caveat however, is that if you are related to and living in the same
household with the driver, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able
to bring a claim against that driver's liability insurance policy.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a California
car accident, please contact the
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.