This past week a memorial was held at the steps of San Francisco's city hall remembering the 28 individuals killed in traffic collisions this year. In addition to honoring those people who have lost their lives, the organizers sought to highlight just how dangerous San Francisco's streets have become. Just recently, a city worked was killed by a tour bus that failed to see her as she crossed the street in a cross walk. The organizers are seeking help from city officials to implement steps to make our streets safer by slowing down traffic.
According to SF Gate, the 28 traffic deaths include 18 pedestrian accidents, 7 car accidents, and 3 bicycle accidents. Hundreds more suffer serious personal injuries each year. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of San Francisco traffic accident, it is important to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer right away.
The causes of traffic accidents are several. Many accidents are caused by driver error – such as careless or reckless driving - that may be a result of distracted driving from cell phone use, texting, even eating and drunk driving. Other accidents are caused by street design. This includes issues such as the streets layout – visibility, signage and maintenance. Many of the supporters at the memorial support Vision Zero – a measure that seeks to eliminate traffic deaths within 10 years. They plan to accomplish this through education, enforcement and street design, specifically addressing some of the city's most dangerous intersections.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a San Francisco traffic accident, please contact the top San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.