When accidents happen that involve pedestrians, the injuries that result can be severe – and even fatal. Car wrecks are bad enough and can result in serious damage to drivers and passengers, but pedestrian accidents subject the body to unparalleled abuse when it is struck by the steel of a car and then rebounds on unyielding asphalt or concrete sidewalks. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident or, even worse, have lost a loved one to an accident, Nelson Barry can help you.
Beware the Dangerous Streets of San Francisco
If you’re one of the many die-hard pedestrians who prefer to walk to work – a fitness buff who loves to have your feet on the street at every possible moment – or just someone who enjoys an occasional stroll, you should be aware of what streets are putting you at the most risk in the city. The Bay Citizen polled San Franciscans on the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians – for the full article, click here.
One of those polled, Stephanie Shaner, a San Fran photographer told the paper, “As a frequent pedestrian, I never feel safe. I’m always on the lookout for crazy people, crazy people on bikes, and drivers who make their own rules.” And it’s not only vehicles that pedestrians are scared of – it’s speeding cyclists as well. A collision with a bicycle moving at a speedy clip can also seriously injure a pedestrian caught unawares.
San Francisco Streets Are Getting More Dangerous
In 2012, there were 20 pedestrians killed and this year we are already up to seven. And when it comes to injuries, these are close to 900 per year and rising. Mayor Lee is launching an ambitious plan to halve pedestrian injuries through a variety of means including longer signal times, reopening closed cross walks and reinforcing safety measures near schools and senior centers – two groups at higher risk for pedestrian accidents.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in San Fran
The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Pedestrian Safety Project lists these 10 intersections as the most dangerous in the city:
- Mission at 16th Street
- Potrero Avenue at 16th Street
- Jones Street at Golden Gate Avenue
- Market Street at Hyde Street
- Mission Street at 18th Street
- Market Street at 16th Street at Noe Street
- Stockton Street at Ellis Street
- Taylor Street at Golden Gate Avenue
- Columbus Avenue at Broadway
- Howard Street at 3rd Street
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident – whether you were struck by a cyclist, a car or truck, the law office of Nelson Barry can help. And if you lost a loved one to an accident, we can help you purse a wrongful death claim, depending on the circumstances of the fatality. Because pedestrian injuries are often severe, they can leave scars and damage that can last for months or years and can impact your quality of life for good. All of these are considerations a reputable personal injury attorney will consider when pursuing a compensation claim for your pedestrian accident. Contact us today for a free consultation!