A recent pedestrian accident in San Francisco's Sunset District has residents fed up – wondering what will be done to improve safety on this notoriously dangerous stretch of road. The pedestrian sustained serious personal injuries after she was hit while crossing the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Yorba Street. Just three months ago, a 78-year-old man was killed crossing the street in the same spot. A teen-aged boy was also struck, and sustained serious head injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is critical to consult with a skilled San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible to determine your next steps.
Where accidents repeatedly occur in the same area, often many factors are at play. While driver error will likely be investigated, often conditions in the roadway itself – its design or maintenance - may be factors in an accident.
Called "roadway negligence," the failure by municipalities or other entities to properly design, or maintain a roadway may lead to a claim for damages. In general, governmental agencies/entities have a duty of care to maintain streets and highways in a reasonably safe condition for their common use – this typically includes such things as routine inspections of the roadway, warning of any potentially unsafe conditions, and making repairs where necessary. Courts have determined that a significant factor in determining negligence is whether the entity in charge of the roadway is aware of the danger. Other factors considered include the frequency and severity of harm caused, as well as the availability of ways to correct a condition, and the difficulty in doing so. Further where safety features are in place, it's important to determine whether they were adequately maintained and functioning,
This incident remains under investigation.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.