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San Francisco Bay Area Car Accident Proves Fatal for Pedestrian

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Gary Thompson, 49, was killed in a San Francisco car accident after he was struck by a vehicle in front of his home in Union City. According to a CBS News report, the accident occurred near the intersection of Regents Boulevard and Celeste Court the morning of March 17, 2010. Police identified the driver as 37-year-old Juan Moscoso. Officials say Thompson was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. An investigation is ongoing.

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My heart goes out to the family and friends of Gary Thompson for their devastating loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 11 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Union City. In Alameda County as a whole, 33 people died and 649 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008.

This news report does not clearly state how or why this fatal pedestrian accident occurred. Where exactly was Thompson at the time? Was he crossing the street? Was he walking on the side of the road or simply standing on the side of the road? Was the driver, Moscoso, under the influence or speeding at the time? Was he distracted or otherwise negligent?

Liability Issues

If Moscoso is found to have caused this accident then he could be held liable for the crash and resulting injuries. If there was a dangerous condition on the roadway that led to the fatal accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held responsible as well. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim involving a California government agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury.

An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to advise families of deceased victims about their legal rights and options in such cases. If there was negligence or wrongdoing involved, families may also file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, los of love and companionship, and other related damages.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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  • Anonymous

    The posted speed limit is 25 mph. However, Union City police report that it is common knowledge that everybody drives faster than 25 on Regents. This is a residential neighborhood at least 20 years old, with a school near the Lowry Blvd end, and only 2 stop signs within the 1.2 mile length from the accident site to the end of Regents Blvd. The nearest stop sign is several blocks from the accident site. With a long-known speeding problem on Regents, why aren’t there any speed bumps and/or more stop signs to decrease the incidence of speeding?

  • anonymous

    It happened in front of his house- his shoes and bag were still on the street. He ended up going through the windshield and INSIDE the car. The fire crews left him there until the coroner showed up. I live a couple of houses from the victim. I have been living there for 33 years now. I have called the police department on many occassions to request that someone patrol the street for speeders. After the incident, I called UCPD and asked if they are going to start having someone patrol the street, and the response I got “there is no room in the budget to have someone patrol your street”. I asked what about speed bumps, and was told “speed bumps cost money”. I guess that’s how it is….money over more casualties.

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