As part of our blog we have discussed a number of San Francisco bicycle accidents, the prevalence of which contribute to the city’s reputation as a dangerous place to travel on two wheels. We’ve also highlighted how San Francisco city officials have been charged with addressing this problem and making the city more bike-friendly.
Motor vehicle accidents often occur very quickly, literally in the blink of an eye. Sometimes a collision occurs before the driver or any their passengers even have a chance to brace themselves or prepare for impact. These instances highlight the importance of a vehicle’s safety features, since effective airbags and seat belts can mean the difference between life and death for all those involved in the accident.
A safety investigation focused on the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge concluded with several recommendations which have a good portion of the city’s biking community up in arms. An expert hired to report on the quality of bicycle and pedestrian safety measures on the iconic bridge recently advised the city to impose a speed limit for bike riders commuting on the bridge’s pathways. According to city officials who support the measure, the speed limit is intended to prevent future bicycle accidents and make the bridge a safer place for everyone.
A conflicting report from the Governors Highway Safety Association carried both good and bad news for motorcycle enthusiasts in San Francisco and across the nation. The good news is that the overall number of motorcycle accident fatalities fell by approximately two percent from 2009 to 2010. The bad news is that this data may provide a misleading picture of the state of motorcycle safety, as researchers believe that certain “red flags” within the report could actually place motorcycle riders at greater risk for a fatal accident.
It’s easy to buy into over-generalized stereotypes about teenage drivers. Movies and TV shows often portray young drivers as reckless, speed demons who endanger themselves and other motorists with their careless driving.
Yet, a new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies found that reckless and drunken teenage drivers are actually less likely to cause a car accident than teens who are simply inexperienced or distracted behind the wheel.
For many people, the beginning of baseball season is a sure sign that summer is fast approaching. Recently, San Francisco Giants fans broke out their orange and gold to celebrate their team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some dedicated fans even made the pilgrimage down to Dodgers stadium to cheer on their team in person.
More and more San Francisco residents are calling for measures which will improve the city’s tarred pedestrian safety record. In late March, three pedestrian deaths occurred in the course of a mere week, sparking a growing sense of urgency among advocates for pedestrian safety, such as members of the organization Walk San Francisco.
A fatal car accident occurred at about 6 am Saturday morning when a black Mercedes driven by Miguel G. Almanza, 24, struck a Honda Odyssey on Patterson’s West Main Street, near Jennings Road. The Odyssey was being driven by Concepcion Gomez, 30, of Vernalis, who died at the scene. The other occupants of the Odyssey (39-year-old Juan Rodriguez, 6-year-old Andres Rodriguez and 1-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez) were injured.
Baseball fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief after San Francisco Giants general manager Bruce Bochy announced that pitcher Barry Zito may be well enough to take the field sooner rather than later after suffering minor injuries during a Los Angeles car accident.
The accident occurred last Wednesday night in West Hollywood. The Giants were in the Los Angeles area for their season opener at Dodger Stadium, scheduled to take place last Thursday. Zito was unable to take part in the opening game, however, after a cabdriver struck his vehicle and sent him to a local medical center. Despite having to miss the game, experts say that Zito was extremely lucky to walk away from the car accident without more serious injuries.
Picture a game of dominos in which the first game piece is perfectly positioned to cause a chain reaction which will knock down all the others. On a busy highway, a mistake made by one driver can act like that first domino, creating a chain of accidents and injuries which affects many fellow motorists.