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San Francisco Cab Runs Red Light, Injures 5

By Kelly Balamuth on May 4, 2010

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle reported that an Arrow Cab taxi injured 5 people when the vehicle ran a red light in downtown San Francisco. The auto accident occurred at the intersection of Powell and Pine Streets at a little after 2:00 pm. The cab driver drove through the red light, striking a PT Cruiser.

The impact of the crash caused the PT Cruiser to spin out of control and to hit two pedestrians. The driver and passenger of the PT Cruiser were also injured. The cab eventually crashed into a fire hydrant and lodged into an apartment building.

For over two hours, the Muni cable car system at Powell Street was shut down as a result of the SF auto accident. The cab driver was also injured in the auto accident. Police intend to test the driver of the cab for traces of alcohol and substance abuse.

Another cab driver captured footage of the auto accident. The general manager of Arrow Cab plans to conduct an investigation into the action of the cab driver who caused the auto accident. The injured cab driver was an independent contractor for Arrow Cab.

Employers can be held liable for the negligent acts of independent contractors whom they hire if the independent contractors commit negligent acts while acting within the scope of their employment. Reckless driving can be considered a negligent act for which an independent contractor can be held liable for money damages to victims of an auto accident where the independent contractor was at fault. If an independent contractor is found to be liable, an employer could also be found liable for the actions of the independent contractor that caused the auto accident.

Balamuth Harrington, LLP assists those injured in Northern California auto accidents, including crashes caused by independent contractors and employees. Our Northern CA injury lawyers work hard to make sure victims of auto accidents caused by reckless driving receive compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident in the Bay Area, you may have a cause of action for reimbursement of medical expenses as well as money for other costs associated with your injuries. Balamuth Harrington, LLP has been helping victims of auto accidents receive compensation for the injuries they experienced during auto accidents. We can do the same for you. We provide free legal consultations. Call 888-254-1234 today, to speak with one of our attorneys to arrange your consultation, or visit our website at https://www.balamuth.com for more information.

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