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Fatal San Francisco Pedestrian-Bicyclist Accident Raises Concerns about Roadway Safety

By Kelly Balamuth on June 20, 2012

A 71-year-old San Francisco pedestrian lost his life recently when he was struck by a speeding bicyclist while crossing Market Street, according to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times.

The pedestrian was using the crosswalk along with several other people when he was hit. The 36-year-old bicyclist was riding quickly, and had already disregarded several other red lights and stop signs. As he approached the busy crosswalk, he decided he was going too fast to stop, so he kept going – knocking down the elderly pedestrian.

The man was taken to the hospital, but he was unable to recover from his injuries and died a few days later. The bicyclist was not hurt in the accident, but he is facing criminal charges, according to the Times article.

The accident and similar accidents in other states have rekindled the debate over the need for city streets, walking areas, and bike paths that both accommodate non-motor-vehicle traffic and control it. The need to enforce vehicle laws on bicyclists as well as on cars has also come back into the spotlight. California bicyclists are allowed to share the roads with cars as long as they follow motor vehicle laws, but police units do not always make enforcing bicycle safety a priority.

Those who aren’t in a vehicle have certain rights to share the roads with motorists. However, dated infrastructure, distractions, and other problems can lead to accidents – and when these happen, serious injuries may result. If you’ve been injured while walking or biking, an experienced Northern California pedestrian accident lawyer at Balamuth Law can help. Call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free, confidential consultation.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
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