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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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San Francisco Skateboarders: Know Your Legal Rights

San Francisco is a popular city for skateboarders. Many come from around the country to skate the city’s legendary hills, while others are residents who use skateboards instead of cars to get around in busy traffic. It is no surprise, therefore, those skateboard-vehicle collisions are rather common. In 2015, traffic accidents injured and killed 822 pedestrians in San Francisco. Unfortunately, negative stereotypes against skateboarders often lead to unfair dealings – even if the skateboarder wasn’t at fault for the accident. As a San Francisco skateboarder, learn your rights to protect yourself against traffic citations and unfunded liability for a personal…

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California Tops the List in Fatal Bicycle Crashes

California is the most dangerous state in the country for bicyclists. More bicyclists died in California than in any other state in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With 147 pedal cyclist fatalities, California outstripped the second-highest state (Florida) by nine deaths. This is, unfortunately, a trend that continues year after year in the Golden State. As a bicyclist in California, take your safety into your own hands. Do not depend on drivers to follow the rules, watch the road, or prevent collisions. Instead, learn why bicycle collisions happen and how to prevent them. Being proactive…

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Can I Still Sue If I Wasn’t Wearing a Bicycle Helmet?    

Thousands of bicycle accidents happen every year in California, and injured bicyclists may wonder what their options for legal recourse are after such an event. California law changed in 2015 to allow bicyclists over the age of 18 to decide whether they wish to wear helmets while riding. The state still requires that riders under the age of 18 wear helmets, but adults are free to ride bicycles without helmets. However, they do so at their own risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of death or head injury…

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How to Safely Use the Bird Scooters and Lime Bikes

California has seen a recent proliferation of bike and scooter share services, the largest and most ubiquitous being Lime and Bird. These services allow customers to use a smartphone app to unlock a vacant Lime bike or scooter or Bird scooter. Once unlocked, the customer pays for service and can take the bike or scooter wherever they like, using the smartphone app to lock the bike and end the fare. Lime and Bird allow customers to leave their bikes and scooters wherever they like, so long as they are out of the way of road traffic and pedestrian traffic on…

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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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Texting and Driving Accident 2018 Statistics

It’s no secret that texting and driving is a safety problem. As updated car accident statistics continue to roll in, this problem becomes more apparent. It’s clear that thousands of people have died or suffered a life forever changed because of distracted drivers using their cell phones behind the wheel. Texting and driving absorb a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention – creating the deadliest type of distraction on the road. Seeing the statistics on this dangerous habit can put it into perspective. Here are the latest numbers available in 2018. TeenSafe 100 Distracted Facts & Statistics for 2018 Highlights…

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Autonomous Car Liability: Who’s Responsible for Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Autonomous vehicles have been the recent subject of news coverage. California is home to companies leading the autonomous vehicle movement, including Google and Uber. Motorists in the Bay Area might have already seen these vehicles in action as they go through rigorous testing. Widespread use of fully autonomous vehicles may still be years away, but large automakers are beginning to include autonomous features in their latest model vehicles. This raises some interesting questions regarding liability in self-driving car accidents. Will you need an autonomous car injury lawyer? How will insurance law change, and who will ultimately be responsible for injuries…

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What Is the Statute of Limitations in San Mateo?

A statute of limitations is a set of laws governing how long a plaintiff has to file a civil claim within a state. Each state has different statutes of limitations, as well as different deadlines depending on the type of civil claim. States impose time limits for filing claims to make the legal process just for defendants. Otherwise, a plaintiff could wait an exorbitant amount of time to bring a claim – such as after key evidence is gone or eyewitnesses have forgotten what they saw. Here is the statute of limitation laws in California. California’s Statutes of Limitations Statutes…

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What Are Punitive Damages and How Does It Affect My Case?

There are two main types of damages available in most personal injury lawsuits: compensatory and punitive. The goal of compensatory damages is to compensate a victim for his or her accident-related damages and losses. Compensatory damages can reimburse a claimant for lost wages, medical expenses, property damages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, on the other hand, punish the defendant for his or her wrongdoing. Contact an experienced injury attorney and learn about how punitive damages might affect your case in San Francisco. Punitive Damages vs. Compensatory Damages Punitive damages Aim to penalize the defendant and to deter others from…

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