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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.

Financial District Multiple Muni Bus Crash Kills Man

By Kelly Balamuth on April 23, 2010

According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, two buses killed a 49-year-old pedestrian when the buses crashed into each other pinning the man between them. Somehow the buses separated, but the second bus ran over the man trapping him underneath the bus wheels.

One witness said the first bus pushed the male pedestrian into a bike rack, before pinning the man into the front of the second bus. After the buses separated, the man fell against the ground, but the witness said that the second bus could not have avoided running over the man. Other witnesses said the pedestrian was struck by the two buses as he was trying to hail a taxi cab at the intersection of Mission and Beale Streets.

Rescuers were forced to use a hydraulic jack to lift the second bus, and to crawl underneath the bus to detach the man from the front end of the bus. Shortly after the accident occurred, the pedestrian died of his injuries at San Francisco General Hospital.

Both of the bus drivers were also taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. Police will test them for traces of alcohol and drug use. The cause of the bus accident in San Francisco is still under investigation.

Pedestrians injured in Northern California motor vehicle accidents may have grounds for personal injury lawsuits that may make them eligible to receive money to cover the costs of their injuries as well as compensate for their pain and suffering. Balamuth Harrington, LLP has over 15 years experience in assisting Northern California injury victims as well as families of deceased victims recover full and just compensation. We care about our clients. We understand that filing a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one can be a painful experience. We have the legal knowledge and experience to handle difficult cases such as these, no matter how complex.

Balamuth Harrington, LLP San Francisco injury attorneys get results for our clients in Northern California personal injury and wrongful death matters. For a free legal consultation, please contact our offices at 888-254-1234.

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