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Pedestrian Accidents

What Is the SFMTA Strategic Plan?

Biking is a common, eco-friendly way to get around, especially in San Francisco. Increasingly, people are choosing to bike instead of driving a car to cut down on transportation costs, Department of Motor Vehicle fees, and to reduce their carbon footprint. How Many People in San Francisco Are Biking? According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)’s website, automated cyclist counters are installed throughout the city to track and monitor cyclist data. In 2017, San Francisco saw monthly bike ride figures ranging from 248,512 trips in February 2017 to 389,995 trips in May 2017. That’s well over 10,000 bike…

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Distracted Walking Outlawed in SoCal City

You’ve heard about the dangers of distracted driving – but what about distracted walking? You might not be putting others’ lives at risk when you walk while distracted, but you could be putting yourself in significant danger. According to the National Safety Council, distracted walking incidents are increasing. A combination of more walkable cities and increased cell phone use is driving up the numbers of pedestrian accidents. Now, one Southern California city is doing something about distracted walking. The Dangers of Distracted Walking Walking while distracted can remove a pedestrian’s eyes from the walkway and mind from the task at…

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Is Jaywalking a Serious Offense In San Francisco?

On October 4th, Governor Jerry Brown officially signed Assembly Bill 390, which allows pedestrians to use a crosswalk when the countdown symbol is displayed, effective January 1, 2018. Previously, this was actually illegal – if you started walking across the street while the countdown was happening, it was technically jaywalking, and you could have potentially been cited for it. This issue brings up an important question: what exactly counts as jaywalking, and how serious is it as a crime? It’s funny to bring up jaywalking and think of it as illegal, but by jaywalking, you are breaking the law. What…

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Study: The Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in San Francisco

On October 4th, David Grinberg was struck and killed by a motorist near Golden Gate Park’s Panhandle at 5:22 p.m. – the third pedestrian death in as many weeks. While San Francisco is said to be one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the United States (2nd only to New York City in walkability), the latest string of pedestrian fatalities helps prove that the opposite may be true: The City is one of the most dangerous places in the country for pedestrians. Just how dangerous? From 2010-2016, there were 5,846 pedestrian collisions in San Francisco, leaving 130 dead and over…

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Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Are On The Rise

A recent report revealed that one category, which California sits atop of, isn’t the type you want to be famous for; the Governors Highway Safety Association found that California, Florida, New York and Texas accounted for 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide. Even with an 11 percent decrease in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the first half of 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015 in California ranked #1 for fatal pedestrian accidents. This statistic reflects a scary trend nationwide. Fatal pedestrian accidents have reached highs that haven’t been seen in decades. From 2015 to 2016,…

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California law and pedestrian accidents

Readers may have heard that in California, motorists must always yield to pedestrians. This implies that drivers are at fault whenever they hit somebody crossing the street. But is that really the law? In fact it is not. In general, the law requires motorists to yield whenever they encounter a pedestrian using a marked or unmarked crosswalk, but pedestrians also have a duty not to enter after it is safe to do so, or to put themselves in a position of peril. At a controlled intersection, a pedestrian must obey the walk and wait advisories. An uncontrolled intersection, a pedestrian…

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Paratransit van kills disabled woman crossing the street

Even in communities like San Francisco where WalkSF and its vision 2020 campaign seek to make streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, people on foot remain vulnerable when crossing the street, even when they are using the crosswalk and following traffic laws. When an inattentive or out-of-control motorist is behind the wheel, a pedestrian may have as little as one to two seconds to get to safety. And sometimes, even able-bodied pedestrians are unable to avoid serious injury. If you are living with a physical disability, even that slim chance might not be available. Such a tragedy was recently reported…

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Bay Area man walking on the shoulder killed by drunk driver

Walking on the shoulder of the road is not ideal, but sometimes it is necessary. Many roads lack sidewalks, making the shoulder the safest option available for getting to your destination on foot. This means walking just a few feet from traffic. All it takes is a few moments of negligence on the part of a single driver for a disaster to happen. In a tragic example, a San Carlos man was killed last month when a motorist struck him on the shoulder of the road and fled the scene. The driver, also of San Carlos, is currently facing charges…

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Dead Tree Obstructing Sidewalk Blamed In Pedestrian Tragedy

The right to have sidewalks free of obstruction is something we take for granted. When sidewalks are impassable due to debris or unsafe pavement the government has an obligation to fix the situation. In California the obligation to keep public sidewalks and streets clear of dead or dying branches, limbs or entire trees is often a shared responsibility between property owners and municipal agencies. The failure to fulfill these responsibilities directly led to the tragic death of a young Marin County high school student in June. According to the Marin Independent Journal, the victim was jogging on the sidewalk when…

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Bay Area driver goes onto sidewalk, killing 1 and injuring 5

Even when pedestrians are not crossing the street, they are still at risk for being struck by wayward auto drivers. Within the last three years, our attorneys here at Walkup Melodia have handled three major injury accident cases where drivers either lost control, became confused about their surroundings, or absentmindedly put their car into drive instead of reverse when near the sidewalk. Because those drivers failed to keep their automobile safely off of the sidewalk, terrible injuries resulted to pedestrians who were minding their own business. The most recent example of this occurred in Vallejo when one person was killed…

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