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Speeding, distracted, drunk or drugged?

Last night, the San Francisco 49ers were thrashed 20 to 3 by their rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers ended the night feeling only marginally better than the stop sign Seahawks running back Fred Jackson rammed into earlier in the week near the team’s practice facility in Washington.

Jackson was cited for inattentive driving. He’s the second Seattle player in two weeks to be involved in a car crash. Fullback Derrick Coleman rammed a car on a street, sending the vehicle down an embankment. The driver of the other car sustained serious injuries, police said.

Coleman was reportedly driving at “a high rate of speed” before the collision. The 24-year-old running back apparently ran on foot from the scene of the crash. Bellevue, Washington, police found him a few minutes later not far away. His appearance and responses apparently caused police to have him tested for alcohol or drug use.

Test results will take a few weeks, investigators said.

A TV station said that in the Jackson incident, early reports indicated he might have been racing a teammate in his sports car before he lost control of his sports car and sheared off the stop sign.

The allegations in the two incidents, if true, paint a poor picture of sports figures. One might have been racing or inattentive; the other might have been intoxicated when he caused serious injuries.

For those who are injured in car accidents caused by speeding, distracted, drunken or drugged drivers, the pursuit of compensation for damages can be a difficult process to tackle without the help of an experienced, skilled San Francisco personal injury attorney.

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