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Red Light Runner Causes San Jose Crash, Injures Mom and 3 Children

By Kelly Balamuth on July 14, 2010

Reckless driving is often at the cause of many car accidents. In San Jose, a 24-year-old motorist failed to yield to a traffic sign and made a right turn against a red light. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the traffic violation resulted in a police pursuit, and ended when the 24-year-old motorist ran a red light and broad-sided another vehicle. A 35-year-old driver and her three children were in the car. The downtown San Jose car crash resulted in six different people being injured – the 24-year-old driver and his passenger, and the 35-year-old driver and her three children.

According to the report, the 35-year-old mother sustained minor to moderate injuries. Her 15-year-old daughter was thrown from their vehicle upon impact, and was listed in critical condition at the time of the article’s release. The woman’s 12-year-old son has been listed in critical but stable condition, while the extent of her 6-year-old son’s injuries is unknown. The negligent motorist and his passenger also sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Traffic rules are meant to help protect us. When motorists choose to disregard these rules, grave injuries can occur. In the event that an individual is injured as the result of another motorist’s negligent action, the injured individual has the right to seek damages from the negligent motorist.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Get in touch with the personal injury law firm of Balamuth Harrington, LLP. Our skilled Northern California car accident attorneys will examine the circumstances of your accident, and will pursue negligent parties who may be accountable for their actions. For more information, and a free evaluation of your Northern California personal injury case, please call us at 888-254-1234 today.

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.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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