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Pedestrian Killed in San Francisco Area Car Accident

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A man was killed in a San Francisco car accident the evening of February 15, 2010 after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street. Claycord.com, a news web site, reports that the man was walking in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Clayton Road and Barbis Way in Concord when he was struck by a Buick sedan. Police are not clear whether drugs or alcohol may have played a part in this fatal pedestrian accident.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to everybody who knew and loved this man. His grieving family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accidents

There were two fatalities and 36 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Concord, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics. Countywide, 13 people died and 241 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008.

Pedestrian Laws

If the details in this news report are accurate, the pedestrian was crossing in a lawful manner. He was in a marked crosswalk. California law states that motorists should yield right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Claim for Compensation

If the driver of the Buick was reckless or negligent in this case, he or she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s injuries. In these types of fatal collisions, an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to stay abreast of the official investigation and help protect the legal rights of victims or their families. If this accident was caused by a dangerous roadway, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any such claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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