It was a particularly dangerous weekend, south of San Francisco, in Monterey County. Five Californians were killed and four more suffered serious injuries in three separate accidents on Sunday. Several of the injured accident victims were transported to Bay Area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board approved a multi-million dollar settlement agreement involving a 2008 bicycle accident. A San Francisco resident was struck down in an intersection as he was crossing the Lower Great Highway near Ocean Beach on November 20, 2008. A personal injury lawsuit involving the San Francisco bike accident claimed the bus operator failed to stop while turning left onto the highway.
A Merced County firefighter succumbed to injuries sustain in an accident on June 9. The 29-year-old Los Banos man was off-duty when he was involved in a California motorcycle accident. He was traveling southbound on Highway 165 when a 24-year-old woman, traveling northbound attempted to make a left hand turn across the southbound lane.
A California city has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a man who died in a motorcycle accident in 2009. The 58-year-old California motorcycle accident victim died after a 17-year-old girl driving a Toyota Corolla made a left-hand turn at a controlled intersection in San Diego.
The intersection reportedly was accident prone as the layout gave drivers making a left hand turn the mistaken illusion that they had the right of way over traffic traveling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist and the Corolla were traveling in opposite directions when the wreck occurred.
A 36-year-old Bay Area woman stopped her vehicle to assist two people whose vehicle was stranded on Highway 156. The Good Samaritan stopped her sport utility vehicle on the right shoulder of the two-lane highway to assist the people with car trouble. The woman was struck and killed in a car accident along the side of the highway.
The California Highway Patrol has agreed to settle a personal injury lawsuit brought on behalf of a girl who was left paralyzed after a 2006 car wreck. The young girl was merely a toddler when the car accident occurred.
The lawsuit involved more than a claim arising from a car accident. Police believed a Bakersfield man had stolen a vehicle. Law enforcement sought to stop the man, but he had a different idea. The man fled from the police. A short time after a police chase began the man slammed the stolen truck into a Geo Prism.
California pedestrians are at serious risk of being involved in an accident, according to a recently released report by the Transportation by America coalition. The nationwide study ranked California 16th in the nation for pedestrian danger.