Pedestrian Accidents

What You Need to Know About Unmarked Crosswalks

Cars, buses, trucks and cyclists all have the right to operate on roads, as long as they abide by the laws. The same is true of pedestrians, but those on wheels don’t often treat those on foot with the same respect that they give to others. Many drivers believe that pedestrians are limited to specific… read more

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Pedestrian accidents spike again on Halloween weekend

Halloween is always a magical time for kids across the country; the one night a year in which they can pretend to be whatever they want while collecting as much candy as they can carry. As usual, trick-or-treaters were out in full force this past weekend. Sadly, Halloween also has some traditions that are not… read more

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Why You Should Wear a Helmet When Riding a Bicycle

Riding a bicycle has become the preferred mode of travel for many in Oakland and around the Bay Area. The health benefits are obvious, and depending on where you work, biking can provide a faster commute than driving a car. But there are also some definite drawbacks and risks associated with riding a bike, including… read more

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The role bicyclists play in preventing bicycle accidents

Bicycle accidents seem to be a growing problem in major cities like Oakland and San Francisco. And the same is true nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bicycle accidents kill about 1,000 riders each year and send another 550,000 to the emergency room with injuries. Many of these accidents can be… read more

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San Francisco wrongful death lawsuit ends in $4 million award

As we have written many times in previous posts, the Bay Area is a dangerous place for bicyclists and pedestrians. Everything from street design to traffic laws tends to favor drivers while putting cyclists and pedestrians at risk. Advocacy groups are working on improving the rights and protections of non-motorized travelers, but progress is slow…. read more

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Pedestrian accidents high in California

Pedestrian accidents are all too common in Oakland and throughout California. Last year, an estimated 700 pedestrians were killed in accidents in California.  A new study by the Governor's Highway Safety Association found that California has a high number of fatal pedestrian accidents. In fact, the state "has one of the highest number of pedestrian… read more

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Possibly drunk driver kills 1 pedestrian, injures 5 others

While the following story is a bit older, it brings up the very important matter of pedestrian accidents. In this case, the accident turned tragic when a drunk driver plowed into numerous pedestrians on the sidewalk. The wreck occurred last month in Vallejo, California, when a 65-year-old man was allegedly driving around with alcohol in… read more

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Family’s wrongful death lawsuit sought changes in street safety

When a loved one has been killed by the negligence of another person, it is perfectly appropriate to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. It may also be necessary in order to reimburse expenses like medical bills, funeral costs and loss of earning potential. For many plaintiffs who pursue wrongful death claims, however, money… read more

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Please watch for pedestrians as you adjust to fall time change

Humans are creatures of habit and routine. In many ways, this is a good thing. The fact that we can automatize many behaviors saves brain power and allows us to shift focus to other thoughts or activities as needed. The downside to this skill, however, is that unexpected changes in routine can really throw us… read more

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Northern California teen killed in crosswalk to donate organs

A tragic car accident has left a high school freshman dead in San Jose, California, after she was struck by a truck near her school. The incident was just one of several serious pedestrian accidents throughout the area in late November that included at least two other fatalities. Official reports show that the 14-year-old girl,… read more

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