Three years ago the New York Times covered the tragic death of Sophia Liu, the first pedestrian killed by a negligent Uber driver. Uber asserted it could not be liable for the collision that occurred on December 31, 2013, because its driver was not transporting a passenger at the time of the collision. Uber’s assertion that it bore no legal responsibility, if successful, would have been devastating for the Liu family. The driver had only the minimum insurance on his personal policy and no other assets. The bill for medical services alone for the family exceeded $500,000.
Ten people were hurt, including two suffering life-threatening injuries, on Friday afternoon, December 16, 2016, when a car crashed into a MUNI bus stop in the 800 block of Stockton Street (near Sacramento Street).
Jordyn Molton, a 13-year-old girl from Pittsburgh, California, died Sunday, December 4, 2016, after she was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Harbor and School Streets near Pittsburgh High School.
Keep our children safe tonight. More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year, according to theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
California Law Restricts Cars Entering Bike Lanes
Petaluma, CA (October 15, 2016) – A pedestrian was walking west in the bike lane of the 500 block of Lakeville Street in Petaluma when he was hit by a 2015 Volkswagen Golf on Friday October 14, 2016 at around 7:45 p.m. He died the following day.
Recently I was approached by a prospective client, who, while walking along a busy San Francisco Street, was hit by a car in the crosswalk. She was thrown to the ground and sustained a fracture to her wrist and tailbone. The car took off and there was/is no way to identify it or the driver. She wanted to know if there was any way she could bring a legal action to recover the costs of her medical bills, which were in the thousands of dollars. She did not have health insurance, she did not own a car, nor was she on any applicable policy of insurance held by a family member which would have given her coverage.
I wish to pause from answering reader questions this week to highlight that the California Legislature has proclaimed September as both “Rail Safety Month” and “Pedestrian Safety Month.”
Let’s start with the topic of rail safety. Unfortunately, California leads the nation in annual rail fatalities. Part of the reason why there are so many fatalities is the known fact that it is extremely difficult to judge the speed of an approaching train. A Caltrain commuter train can reach a top speed of 79 miles per hour. A locomotive with five passenger cars can take a quarter-mile or more for the train to make a full stop. The average freight train takes a mile or more to stop.
Child Reportedly Chased Ball Into Street; Investigation Underway If Bus Was Speeding
Oakland, CA (September 20, 2016) – A 2-year-old boy was hit and killed by an AC Transit bus in Oakland on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Penniman Avenue when he was chasing a ball. The 2-year-old boy was identified by his aunt as Jeremiah Esera. Jeremiah was pronounced dead upon the arrival of Oakland police officers.
12 Pedestrians Have Been Killed in San Jose Traffic-Related Accidents This Year
San Jose, CA (September 20, 2016) – A pedestrian was killed in San Jose in a hit-and-run crash at cross streets of King Road and Tully Road on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at around midnight. Officers responded to the scene at 12:22 a.m. and located the man who was killed and pronounced the man deceased at the scene.
Milpitas, CA (September 19, 2016) – A pedestrian that was standing on a sidewalk was hit and killed on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9:45 am by a Subaru. The incident took place on the corner of the northbound I-880 off-ramp and the eastbound state highway 237. The Subaru also hit a utility box at the location and caused a traffic light to malfunction.