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Fatal Bike Accident Leads To Felony Manslaughter Charges

In the wake of the decision ordering Chris Bucchere to stand trial for felony manslaughter in a bicycle-pedestrian accident, a new report reveals that pedestrian accident numbers are on the rise in San Francisco. The recently released SFMTA's 2012 State of Cycling Report, notes that 75,000 bicyclists ride in San Francisco per day, up 71 percent over the last five years with the numbers still rising. At the same time, many worry about the increase in number of pedestrian/bike accidents with the Bucchere accident garnering a significant amount of media attention. The accident involves the death of Sutchi Hui, 71, of San Bruno, who was struck by cyclist Chris Bucchere on March 29, 2012, when crossing with his wife at the crosswalk of Mission and Castro streets. Bucchere, 36, is said to have run two lights and a stop sign at speeds over 30 mph before hitting Hui, whose injuries led to death four days later at San Francisco General Hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a San Francisco bike accident, it is important to consult with a top San Francisco personal injury attorney right away. A knowledgeable California injury lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding an accident and ensure your rights are represented.

In addition to civil claims arising out of this incident, this accident represents California's first felony manslaughter charge against a bicyclist. " Both sides argued over who had the right of way in the intersection at the time; surveillance video footage from a camera mounted on the corner of Twin Peaks Tavern was shown at the hearing.

An observer notes, "It's simply not OK for people to be hit in the crosswalk and killed in San Francisco. Three people a day are hit by cars, over 800 a year, and that's an underestimate, according to hospital data."

Further numerous studies show that certain locations within the city are more dangerous than others. In fact, a recent study by the Department of Public Health, indicate "5 percent of the streets account for over 50 percent of the serious and fatal accidents." Some of the more dangerous streets inlcudeVan Ness Avenue, Masonic Avenue, Market Street, and SoMa.

For more information about pedestrian or bicycle accidents, or if you or a loved one has been harmed in San Francisco personal injury accident, please contact the dedicated California personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.