Diverse Transportation Modes, Accidents Concern San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers
With the country's seventh largest public transit system, which caters to over 200 million riders every year, San Francisco personal injury lawyers see a wide range of accident injuries almost every day.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is one of the country's oldest public transit agencies and the largest in the Bay Area. The agency covers a variety of transportation systems such as streetcars, light rail vehicles, diesel buses, electric trolleys and the ever-popular cable cars.
While its fleet is diverse, so are the types of personal injuries that can strike visitors and locals alike.
The agency said that in 2007, there were 3,021 non-fatal injury collisions involving Muni vehicles. While the number is the second lowest annual total in the past 10 years, the number of fatal collisions rose a whopping 50 percent from 28 to 42 from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007, authorities also said there were 451 collisions involving bicycles -- the highest total in the last 10 years. However, there was only one bicycle accident that led to a death in that year.
According to the 2007 San Francisco Collision Report, the most common type of collision was a broadside hit at a right angle, which made up 33 percent of San Francisco collisions. Vehicle-pedestrian collisions came in second at 23 percent while rear end collisions made up 17 percent of car accidents. Authorities said that most collisions were caused by excessive speeding and traffic violations.
As of 2008, San Francisco was the 12th most populous city in the United States with a population of just below 1 million people. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and balmy weather, it's no wonder that the city is a popular place to live. The city is also popular among foreign tourists, with 16 million visitors including San Francisco in their vacation plans in 2007.
San Francisco Is Most Dangerous City In California For Pedestrians
San Francisco car accident attorneys say the numbers add to San Francisco's already large population, which leads to more congestion of pedestrians and vehicles on the streets, which in turn leads to the potential for more accidents to occur.
In 2003, the Department of Public Health found that San Francisco was the most dangerous city in California for pedestrians. In 2007, almost two pedestrians were injured every day and more than half of all traffic fatalities involved that year pedestrians. Experts attribute the dubious honor to the fact that such a large population lives in such a relatively small area. In addition, San Francisco's geography also encourages walking.
Authorities say the intersection of Gough and Market Streets saw the most injury collisions in 2007, with 9 incidents. The intersection of 10th St./Market Street and Fell St./Polk Street came in second with 8 collisions. Market Street and Octavia Boulevard also saw the most number of bicycle collisions due to illegal turns from eastbound Market Street to the freeway on-ramp. According to the report, there were 451 bicycle collisions in 2007, a 31 percent increase from the year before.
San Francisco Officials Take Accident Injuries Seriously; Plan Changes
In a bid to address the safety of residents and visitors, San Francisco officials said Gough and Market Streets would receive hardware changes including a median signal facing Market Street to improve signal visibility. They have also put together a five-year bicycle and pedestrian program which includes funds for "bulb out" islands at intersections, countdown crossing lights and bike lanes.
In October 2009, officials also unveiled new decals on Muni light rail vehicles, which are designed to warn motorists to stop when passengers disembark from the vehicles.
Transportation officials also plan to install more warning signs on a new section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge, which has already seen more than 20 crashes since it opened.
Choosing the Right San Francisco Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been involved in an accident of any kind, please consult a San Francisco personal injury law firm.
Your accident attorney will explain the legal issues of your personal injury case and fight for any damages to which you may be entitled. They will also ensure that any guilty parties involved in the accident will be held accountable. While there are many personal injury and accident lawyers claiming to have your best interests at heart, it is helpful to keep in mind that the best law firms will always offer a free consultation on your case.
Law firms with strong records of successfully handling personal injury lawsuits meantime may also offer a no-fee guarantee meaning that you don't pay anything unless they win your case.
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