Readers of our San Francisco personal injury blog are well aware of the dangers to motorists on California roadways. The very nature of car accidents leaves motorists and passengers at risk of serious injuries or death.
A recent accident in San Francisco's South of Market district left three people potentially seriously injured. According to fire crews, the crash occurred around 6:05 a.m. close to the intersection of Ninth Street and Brannan Street. A tow truck and another vehicle were involved in the accident. Those injured in the crash were transported to San Francisco General Hospital where they were listed in potentially critical condition.
One of those injured in the collision had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life. Fire officials report that another person was partially ejected from a vehicle. It was not immediately reported what chain of events led to the accident.
Although the severity of injuries in a car accident differs between crashes, serious injuries like those in this story often occur. These injuries can have a long-lasting impact on victims, especially if rehabilitation or long-term medical care is needed. In the most extreme of cases, paralysis or death may occur. Victims often incur a large amount of medical expenses as a result of these accidents.
For these reasons, it is important for San Francisco residents to be aware of their legal rights if they are in a car crash caused by another motorist. There may be a potential to file a civil claim for damages against the responsible party. In many cases, more than one party may be responsible for the accident. A California personal injury attorney can assist you in filing a claim and recovering the maximum amount of compensation.
Source: CBS San Francisco, "Tow truck crash leaves 3 hurt in San Francisco's South of Market Area," Jan. 29, 2013