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Cyclist, pedestrians killed on San Francisco's streets

Few in San Diego would likely classify walking as being a potentially dangerous mode of transportation. However, depending on the area that one is walking in, the potential for death or serious injury may be ever-present once he or she leaves the curb. It is of course incumbent upon pedestrians to see to their own safety, being mindful of traffic and only entering the roadway at crosswalks or other designated areas. At the same time, motorists should be aware of when they may be traveling through an area that experiences a high volume of foot traffic, and adjust their method of driving accordingly.

Recent reports out of San Francisco seem to suggest that this is not happening in certain traffic corridors. The recent deaths of two pedestrians after having been struck by cars brings the total number of auto-pedestrian accident fatalities in the area for the year to five. In one case, the victim was allegedly walking along an on ramp, while the other was crossing at an intersection. In that particular accident, it was reported that the vehicle that struck the woman had just before swerved to get around another traveling in the same direction. The area also saw a bicyclist killed around the same time, marking the first such accident of the year.

While local authorities have introduced legislation aimed at helping make the area safer for pedestrians, such laws may offer little comfort to those recovering from injuries sustained in such accidents, or people who may have lost loved ones in such a manner. The cumulative physical, financial, and emotional toll that such collisions exact may leave victims with little choice but to seek compensation from those responsible. Such compensation may be earned much easier with the help of an experienced attorney.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area "2 Pedestrians Killed On San Francisco's High Injury Corridors Over 2 Days" May, 01, 2017

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