Every day, thousands of people walk the city streets of San Francisco. Whether going to and from work, running errands, or simply enjoying the day, pedestrian traffic is a constant in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, the large number of pedestrians inevitably means that some of them will be involved in an accident.
A recent pedestrian accident left one 59-year-old man critically injured when he was struck by a car. The accident happened in San Francisco near Junipero Serra and Font Boulevards around 7:35 p.m. According to police, the victim suffered internal injuries and a broken hip. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Although some accidents involving pedestrians go unreported because they do not involve serious injuries, many accidents such as the one in this story involve severe or life-threatening injuries. For this reason, it is important for Bay Area residents to be aware of their legal rights if involved in a pedestrian accident.
The victim of a pedestrian accident may be entitled to file a civil claim for damages against the responsible party. There are certain time limitations on filing a personal injury claim, so it's important to seek the advice of an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney. The attorney can assist a victim of an accident in filing a claim and recovering damages. In many cases, it may be possible to settle a claim without going to trial. The amount of damages or settlement awarded varies among cases, but victims are often able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: SF Appeal, "Pedestrian struck by car, critically injured," Dan McMenamin, Jan. 28, 2013