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Investigation underway in fatal pedestrian accident

Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. According to reports, the pedestrian was found dead at the scene, and was apparently struck by a motorvehicle.

San Francisco has an ongoing battle trying to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents, following a spike in serious personal injuries and pedestrian deaths. The sheer number of cyclists and pedestrians trying to share the road with drivers on crowded streets can be a recipe for disaster. Recently, a report was issued identifying San Francisco’s most dangerous intersections. These include:

  • 12th Street, Mission St., Otis St. and South VanNess
  • Portrero Avenue and 16th St.
  • Market St., Octavia Blvd., and Hwy. 101

Drivers are cautioned to avoid distracted driving, pay attention to the rules of the road, and keep an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians. In order to help protect themselves, pedestrians and cyclists are also called on to be aware of their surroundings. In fact, recently a Bay Area lawmaker proposed a new law that would allow police to issue citations to “distracted walkers.” A San Mateo County Supervisor noted that pedestrian accidents “currently one quarter of all traffic fatalities — are increasing because walkers pay too much attention to their screens rather than the street” and is advocating new state law authorizing police to cite pedestrians who look down at their phones while in the crosswalk.

The recent pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a San Francisco pedestrian accident, please contact our dedicated San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.