Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accident

A California Appeals Court has held that the victims of a pedestrian accident may proceed with their personal injury case against the city. In the case, the plaintiffs had pressed the pedestrian warning beacon at a crosswalk before crossing the street. As they proceeded to travel across the road, they were struck by a driver who did not see the warning beacon or the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs filed suit against the city, claiming that the pedestrian crosswalk was a dangerous condition on public property. The city moved for summary judgment, contending that it was covered by government design immunity. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the city, and the plaintiffs appealed.

California law provides that a public entity may be liable for an injury proximately caused by the dangerous condition of its property if the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury sustained, and the public entity had actual or constructive notice of the condition a sufficient time before the injury to have taken preventative measures. A public entity is not liable, however, if the injury is caused by a plan or design to which the public entity reasonably gave its discretionary approval. In order to establish design immunity, the city must show:  (1) a causal relationship between the plan or design and the accident, (2) discretionary approval of the plan or design before the construction or improvement, and (3) substantial evidence supporting the reasonableness of the plan or design.

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The California Court of Appeal reviewed a case involving a pedestrian killed by a motor vehicle, ultimately reversing the lower court’s grant of summary judgment and allowing the plaintiffs to proceed with their suit. In this case, the relatives of a pedestrian killed in a motor vehicle collision brought an action against the driver for negligence, as well as against the passenger for willfully interfering with the driver of a vehicle. The passenger filed a motion for summary judgment, which the lower court granted.

In the case, the occupants of the vehicle were driving to a drugstore when the front passenger told the driver to take a shortcut through a residential street, which had a posted speed limit of 25 mph. The passenger knew the street had dips that could cause a car traveling at a high rate of speed to become airborne, and she told the driver that he should drive fast over them to “catch air.” The driver sped up to such a degree that he lost control of the car and collided into the victim’s parked car as the victim was attempting to put a child in a car seat. The victim was killed by the impact. Evidence indicated that the defendants’ vehicle was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour at the time of impact.

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A California Court of Appeal reviewed a verdict in a wrongful death case in which two pedestrians were killed by a semi-truck driver while crossing at an intersection, ultimately affirming the $15 million jury award to the victims’ family members. In this case, the truck driver was stopped at an intersection, blocking the crosswalk. He then backed up the truck to allow the pedestrians to cross the street in front of him. The pedestrians then waited at the corner to cross the perpendicular street. When the light turned green, the pedestrians began to cross. The truck also pulled up, intending to make a right turn, although his signal was not on. As it was turning, the front of the truck struck the pedestrians from behind, and its back tires rolled over them, killing them.  The two minor children of one of the victims brought wrongful death claims against the truck driver and the driver’s employer.

After a trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded each child $3.75 million for past non-economic damages and $3.75 million for future non-economic damages, a total of $7.5 million for each child. The defendants moved for a new trial, arguing that the trial court erred in excluding evidence that the decedent was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the accident, and that the damages awarded were excessive.  The appeals court rejected both of the defendant’s arguments.

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Even though reports of pedestrian accidents appear in the news at an alarming rate, people continue to suffer from serious injuries and even loss of life after being hit by a vehicle. San Francisco is no stranger to these tragedies, which take place for a variety of reasons, from obscured road signs to a reckless drunk driver. Anyone who has been personally impacted by a pedestrian accident should closely review their options, which may include filing a lawsuit.

As a 20-year-old pedestrian was recently trying to cross a Sunset District road in San Francisco, she was struck by car. The woman was able to survive the accident, which occurred in the afternoon, but required medical care for her non-life-threatening injuries.

Although the driver of the vehicle claims they did not see the pedestrian until it was too late, they did receive a citation for failing to yield. The accident marks the third time this year that a pedestrian has been hit while trying to cross the road in this particular crosswalk, which some local residents believe is unacceptably dangerous.

When someone is hit by a car or loses a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it is important for them to do everything they can to move forward. While the physical and emotional pain these incidents cause can be overwhelming, a pedestrian accident can lead to financial problems as well. Considering funeral expenses and medical bills, families may struggle with the costs associated with these tragedies. Too many of these stories appear in the San Francisco news, which should serve as a reminder to Bay Area drivers that they need to look out for pedestrians.

A 98-year-old man was struck by a car while he was attempting to cross an intersection in Berkeley. Although he had not lost consciousness when law enforcement officials first showed up, he lost his life after being taken to the hospital.

According to a spokeswoman for the police department, the driver cooperated with authorities and did not appear to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the collision occurred. The man who lost his life was a World War II veteran and had enjoyed walking every day for over 50 years. The former San Francisco State University teacher had four children and was also known for his accomplishments in the field of psychology.

There are many reasons why people choose to ride their bike or walk. Whether they are heading to work or just trying to get some exercise, anyone who is familiar with San Francisco knows that there are quite a few pedestrians and bicyclists in the city. If you follow local news regularly, you might have heard about the surprising number of lives that have been claimed by accidents in recent months. As a result, drivers should always be cautious and do everything they can to prevent another pedestrian accident from claiming a life.

According to law enforcement officials, a driver could not see an elderly woman in a Fremont crosswalk and struck her. The victim, who has not been identified, died on the scene and was reportedly in very bad condition when responders arrived, which made it difficult for them to look at her.

The driver, who cooperated with investigators, will probably not face any charges. Washington Boulevard was shut down as a result of the incident, which took place shortly before 6 a.m. Another elderly woman lost her life after being struck by a car at the same intersection in 2011.

Because they don’t have a vehicle to shield them, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries and death when they are struck by a car. In recent months there have been a number of pedestrian accidents in San Francisco, some of which were caused by driver negligence. In a city with so many people walking on the street, these tragic stories should remind drivers how important it is to always pay attention to pedestrians and do everything they can to avoid another deadly incident.

After she was hit by a car while running, a 32-year-old woman was sent to the hospital for treatment of significant injuries that appeared to threaten her life. However, her condition improved later on. The woman attempted to cross Pine Street in San Francisco, near Union Square, when a vehicle hit her.

According to a law enforcement official, the driver cooperated with authorities and was unable to stay clear of the pedestrian. This incident is one of several pedestrian accidents that have recently occurred in the city, some of which have been fatal.

Although vehicle collisions can cause serious injuries and even claim lives, when a pedestrian is struck by a car it can be particularly dangerous. In the San Francisco area, hectic roads can spell disaster for those who are walking or riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear about yet another pedestrian accident in the Bay Area. When drivers and pedestrians take to the streets, it is important for them to be vigilant and aware of the risks at all times.

A recent San Mateo accident, which took place on El Camino Real, claimed the life of a 58-year-old man. According to law enforcement officials, the man, who could have been homeless, was struck by two vehicles. After the incident occurred, authorities were able to talk with the drivers of both vehicles.

Both drivers cooperated during the investigation. While one driver remained on the scene after the crash, the other was located later on. Following the accident, the road was shut down for over three hours.

Every car accident can have tragic consequences, but when pedestrians are involved the outcome has the potential to be much worse. In San Francisco, there are many pedestrians and bicyclists, so drivers should be particularly vigilant of their presence and do everything they can to avoid another pedestrian accident.

As two vehicles were making their way down Highway 280 early in the morning, they noticed a man who was crossing the connector ramp. Although the drivers of both vehicles told law enforcement officials that they tried to turn and avoid the 26-year-old pedestrian, the man was struck by both cars and lost his life as a result of his injuries.

A third car became involved after it struck one of the vehicles from behind. However, the drivers of all of these cars were not injured in this incident. Authorities do not believe that intoxicants were involved and there was cooperation amongst all of the drivers. The California Highway Patrol has stated that a medical examiner will be performing an autopsy on the pedestrian.

Although some people think it’s relatively safe to walk down a sidewalk, it is not that uncommon to hear about an accident that involves driver inattention or another factor, such as driving under the influence. Because so many people walk and ride bicycles in San Francisco, it’s always unfortunate to find out about another pedestrian accident in the city.

Unfortunately, these accidents can be deadly. One recent morning, someone reported seeing a body next to the road. It was later learned that the man was the victim of a hit-and-run. After striking a pedestrian with their vehicle, the driver fled from the scene of the accident and has still not been located.

Following the accident, part of Middlefield Road, which is a primary thoroughfare in the city, was shut down. The victim, a man that law enforcement believes was between the ages of 25 and 40, lost his life after he was hit by the vehicle. Law enforcement has encouraged people to contact them if they saw the accident, which occurred in Atherton, or have any relevant information.