San Francisco Pedestrian Accidents Prompts Safety Task Force

by Staff Blogger | January 21st, 2013

January 21, 2013 Pedestrian accidents caused by motor vehicles are a serious concern today for many in San Francisco, California. In fact, some are so worried about being struck by a car or truck according to Mayor Ed Lee, they are afraid to walk along the city’s streets. These fears have prompted city officials to take action to combat the problem. CBS-San Francisco says a total of 876 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles within the city limits last year alone. Furthermore, these California Car Accidents resulted in the deaths of 18 of the individuals who were hurt. Lee explained that 50 percent of these incidents occurred on five percent of the city’s streets, including major corridors such as 19th Avenue, Market Street, Van Ness Avenue, and Geary Boulevard. In an effort to eliminate these types of accidents, Mayor Lee announced this past month that he would be implementing a Pedestrian Safety Task Force that will focus on reducing speed limits, enhancing crosswalks, installing yield signs, improving sight lines at the 50 most dangerous intersections in the city. The hope is that the program will decrease the number of San Francisco pedestrian accidents by 25 percent in the next three years and slash the number of incidents in half by 2021. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope the campaign is successful in educating the public about the dangers of pedestrian accidents and reducing the number of these accidents across the city.