In the weeks following the death of pedestrian who was hit by a speeding bicyclist, the rhetoric between car drivers and bicyclists has heated up, according the Los Angeles Times. The pedestrian/bicycle accident story reports that Chris Bucchere was allegedly riding his bicycle too fast to stop his bike as he approached the crowded Market Street intersections so "he aimed for the least populated spot and plowed on through."
Bucchere has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and will be arraigned next week. While many have expressed contempt toward Bucchere and other bicyclists, the L.A. Times notes, "the conversation has become about who owns public space – a scarce resource in the second-most dense city in America."
Many complex laws govern who is responsible when an accident occurs between a pedestrian and a bicyclist, or a bicyclist and a car. Who is at fault may vary depending on a number of different factors including who has the right of way, as well aswhether the driver or cyclist was driving recklessly or negligently. If you have been any type of San Francisco accident, it is important to seek the advice of a San Francisco bike accident attorney right away.
Statistics reveal that the number of San Francisco bicyclists are rapidly increasing – with Two-wheel travel has grown 71% in the last five years here, and officials have passed ambitious new goals: 50% of all travel within the city limits should be by something other than a private vehicle by 2018, and 20% should be via bike by 2020.
However the transition has created a lot of tension, with both bicycle enthusiasts and their detractors pointing to Bucchere's behavior as "rude and reckless." The bike coalition has called for "more enforcement of dangerous behavior among all road users." Yes, she said, people misbehave on bicycles. But they also misbehave in cars.
Further, the executive director of WalkSF provides that the streets are not safe enough for pedestrians. But she argued that motor vehicles — not bicycles — are largely to blame.
As more and more bicyclists take to the streets of San Francisco, the debate is likely to continue. For more information, or if you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, please contact the top San Francisco accident attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.