While San Francisco witnessed a particularly bad weekend earlier this month with five motor vehicle-related deaths in one week, authorities are now saying that at least two of those deaths could have been prevented.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, a 38-year-old male pedestrian was legally walking across a street when he got hit and killed by a taxi driver. Reportedly the taxi driver ran red light, struck another vehicle, spun out of control and hit the pedestrian. The victim died later at San Francisco General Hospital.
While authorities call the death heartbreaking, they also say it was absolutely preventable if the taxi driver had obeyed the light signals. However, police have not yet pressed charges as they are waiting for results to see if the driver experienced a medical emergency just before the accident.
Another death that same weekend was a result of reckless and careless behavior of teenagers. Two boys were riding on a dirt bike in a neighborhood on Sunday Aug. 12 just after dinnertime. Neighbors had witnessed the two zooming up and down the street for months, sometimes running stop signs and going twice the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit.
Residents complained about the boys' behavior, indicating that there was also an elementary school in the area. But their warnings went unheeded. Two weeks ago, the premonitions came true as the dirt bike collided with a sports utility vehicle and killed one of the boys after he landed on a parked car.
If you are ever injured in a motor vehicle accident or car crash, it is absolutely your right to hire legal counsel to help you determine if all the laws were followed, or if one of the driver's was negligent behind the wheel. For more information, please visit our Bay Area personal injury website.
Source: sfexaminer.com, "Two deaths on San Francisco streets called preventable," Mike Aldas, Aug. 14, 2012