San Francisco police are investigating last week’s fatal bike accident. A 47-year-old man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a Muni bus as he riding down Market Street. According to an initial report, the man was not in a bike lane or shared lane, but rather was riding in between two busses travelling in the same direction. His bike contacted one of the busses, and he died at the scene. An investigation into the incident continues and police are interviewing witnesses.
Despite the fact that bicycles are legally authorized to share San Francisco's roads with motor vehicles, many drivers continue to demonstrate surprising negligence when bicyclists are in close proximity. Because bicyclists are nearly always the victims in accidents involving motor vehicles, the need for drivers to maintain awareness while sharing the roads has never been greater.
When accidents occur, victims often face severe injuries such as head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and in the most serious cases, death.
Here it is unknown whether the busses were aware of the bicyclist, and whether the drivers took appropriate precautions to prevent an accident from occurring.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a Bay Area bicycle accident, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.