Cable cars are one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions. What visitors to the city don't know is that they are also one of the most dangerous forms of mass transportation in the country. In fact, according to a recent U.S. Department of Transportation report, cable cars average about an accident a month, making them one of the highest accident-prone forms of transportation in the country per mile.
In the course of the last decade, San Francisco officials have reported more than 126 accidents injury 151 people. The type of harm reported ranges from mild to severe personal injuries, including broken bones, severed feet and significant bruises.
Most recently, seven people sustained personal injuries when a cable car stopped abruptly after hitting a small bolt in the track.
If you have been injured in a cable car accident, consulting with an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney right away is important. The issues surrounding these kinds of transportation accidents require a skilled San Francisco accident lawyer to conduct a thorough investigation into all of the factors that may have been involved.
According to a recent AP report, San Francisco pays out about $12 million annually as the result of personal injury claims. City officials recognize that cable cars have a disproportionately high number of accidents and are working on ways to improve their safety.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee notes, "The iconic cable cars of San Francisco are a National Historic Landmark and we work every day to make them safer … While accidents and injuries are down from just a few years ago, we are always working to improve the system as a whole."
In 2012, federal transportation figures reveal 19 injuries and 16 accidents, the second-highest in 10 years.
For more information about cable car accidents or if you or someone you love has been injured in a San Francisco cable car accident, contact a top San Francisco transportation attorney at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.