Several people were injured in a San Francisco car accident which officials say was caused by a cab driver who ran a red light at a local intersection. According to a news report in The San Francisco Chronicle reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of Powell and Pine streets on April 19, 2010. The cab driver, according to witnesses, ran a red light and hit a PT Cruiser, which then went out of control and hit two pedestrians. In all, five people were injured. The taxi driver was apparently an independent contractor operating for Arrow Cab.
I hope that everyone who was injured in this car accident makes a quick and full recovery from their injuries. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Red Light Running
Red light running is a serious problem nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005 alone, nearly 9,200 people died and 1 million people were injured in intersection-related car accidents nationwide. That number accounts for nearly 45 percent of all traffic accidents. According to 2005 data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), crashes caused by red light running resulted in an estimated 805 fatalities. Running a red light is also illegal in California under Vehicle Code section 21453 (a).
Fault and Liability
If the taxi driver did run a red light, both he and his employer and possibly the taxi cab company, could be held liable for the accident and injuries caused. Victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. If a dangerous roadway caused this accident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Any personal injury claim against a governmental agency in California must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury under California Government Code section 911.2.
A reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims in such cases about their legal rights and options and make sure the negligent parties are held accountable.
What do you think about red light cameras as a solution to deter or prevent red light running?
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