Pedestrian accidents in San Francisco are approaching epidemic levels. The Cartwright Law Firm has seen an increase in cases coming into the firm, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle, 2013 saw 21 people killed by autos while walking in The City. Since January 1st, San Francisco has seen 4 deaths and many more injuries […]read more
Barron H. Lerner, M.D., is a professor of medicine and population health who published a book in 2011 on the history of efforts to curb drunk driving. He knows very well how difficult it was to get police and prosecutors to take drunk driving accidents seriously at first. Until the 1970s, he says, law enforcement […]read more
Drivers who run red lights, speed, fail to yield to pedestrians or don’t stop behind limit lines can expect to see more flashing lights – and more citations, said San Francisco’s Chief of Police. Due to a disproportionate number of pedestrian accidents caused by motor vehicles, the issue has caused significant public concern. The Cartwright […]read more
Anyone watching the news these days will notice an apparent rise in bicycle accidents, more often than not involving a collision with a motor vehicle. As bicycling grows in popularity, this may seem nothing more than an inevitable consequence. But the attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm have been seeing a rather disturbing trend associated […]read more
According to the American Automobile Association, more than 55 million children will be heading back to school over the next couple of weeks, and around 13 percent of them will be walking or biking. Others, will be riding school buses or getting rides in cars, which means that school zones can be choked with cars […]read more
We have focused quite a bit on pedestrian accidents recently; just last week we talked about the rising pedestrian accident rate here in San Francisco, and what actions may be taken by city officials to correct the issue. A recent study, though, points to some disturbing behavior by pedestrians that could require city officials to […]read more
According to some admittedly confusing pedestrian fatality statistics, the city of San Francisco is on pace to have one of its worst pedestrian safety years in roughly a decade. The city has suffered six pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the source article (but, the source also notes other stats that show five pedestrian fatalities […]read more
An accident in San Francisco, California has left two people injured — one critically — after a vehicle plowed through two pedestrians last week. The accident occurred at night and the police do not suspect any negligence (such as intoxication or distracted driving) on the part of the driver; however, that may change based on […]read more
A very serious pedestrian accident in San Francisco, California left a man in a dire situation. The collision occurred last week, as a driver struck the pedestrian. It appears the driver was travelling straight down the road (he was not making a turn); details about the pedestrian, however, have not been provided (the police are […]read more
About a decade ago, the European Union made some radical changes to their pedestrian safety laws. Car manufacturers in the region took notice; and as a result some major breakthroughs were made. Some vehicles in Europe are now equipped with pedestrian sensing systems to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. When you consider data […]read more
In the past, we have talked about the convoluted nature of some intersections in San Francisco, and how these complicated areas can be a factor in (or directly cause) a pedestrian or bike accident. The city is pushing forward with a few major safety plans that call for improved infrastructure, which should help. In addition, […]read more
Pedestrian safety is a two-way street; both literally and in terms of wordplay. While pedestrians need to obey street signs, observe good judgment and cross the street, motor vehicle drivers need to travel at safe speeds at all times (but especially around crosswalks or near pedestrians) and they need to be on the lookout for […]read more
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