On Sunday, July 6, 2014, two pedestrians were struck and injured in San Francisco’s Sunset District. The incident happened at about 8:50 p.m. According to Bay City News, the two pedestrians were hit while they were crossing the intersection at Sunset Boulevard and Moraga Street. They were swiftly taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment of injuries. One of the victims suffered from unspecified head injuries and a broken leg. No information was released about the extent of injuries sustained by the second victim. Very few details have been released about this wreck, which is likely still under investigation.
Pedestrian Injury and Fatality Facts
• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• In 2011, 4,457 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
• In 2010, 4,302 pedestrians were killed in crashes.
• In 2012, pedestrian fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all roadway fatalities.
• An estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes in 2012.
• 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. in 2012.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Francisco
Pedestrians are one of the few road-user groups which continue to see an increase in fatalities each year. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are working to raise awareness about pedestrian safety with their “Everyone is a Pedestrian” campaign. Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable road user groups, because they lack the safety of a steel cage, air bags, seat belts or even helmets. Motorists need to understand that pedestrians are truly at the mercy of other roadway users.
When to Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Pedestrian accidents can leave victims in the hospital or worse. Pedestrians are even more vulnerable than bicyclists, who at least have the benefit of safety equipment like helmets. Head injuries are a common occurrence when pedestrians are struck by cars, and concussions and traumatic brain injuries can occur from even seemingly minor impacts with the ground or other hard objects. Contact the skilled team at Alexander Law Group, LLP at 888.777.1776 for a free consultation today.