Serious auto crashes happen every day in U.S. cities. San Francisco is no exception.
Trauma surgeons at San Francisco General Hospital say that they treat a victim of a serious auto wreck around every 17 hours. About half of the patients who arrive at San Francisco General's Trauma Center were hurt in an auto collision, Mission Local reports. Medical treatment lost wages and lost productivity cost about $35 million per year.
The victims get badly hurt while driving or riding in a car, walking across the street or riding their bicycle. Some do not survive. Others do but sustain permanent disability that profoundly affects their ability to live independently and experience life fully.
Recently, a group of safety advocates and loved ones of victims held a march calling for better traffic safety in San Francisco. Wearing yellow scarves and carrying pictures of those they lost, the demonstrators marched from 16th and Mission BART plaza through the Mission, then proceeded to City Hall.
San Francisco, as we have discussed in the past, is engaged in a campaign called Mission Zero, with the goal of eliminating fatal pedestrian and bicycle crashes. Clearly, despite early efforts, the city still has a long way to go.
Meanwhile, when someone is badly injured in a collision that is not their fault, they have the right to seek fair compensation from the responsible parties. Retaining a skilled personal injury attorney gives you the greatest chance of success.