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.