Six pedestrians were injured in a San Francisco car accident after they were struck by a driver who was learning to drive. According to a Bay City News report, the serious injury accident occurred the night of July 10, 2010 at the intersection of Wetmore Road and Vallecitos Road in Livermore. One pedestrian was airlifted to an area hospital while two others were transported by ambulance to another medical center. Three other pedestrians sustained minor injuries.
Police said 20-year-old Farhat Mohammed, the driver, was traveling west on Wetmore, when she attempted a left turn onto Vallecito and struck the six pedestrians in the crosswalk. Police say Mohammed had a valid learner’s permit and was accompanied by a licensed driver. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to these injured victims. I hope none of these pedestrians sustained catastrophic injuries. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 19 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Livermore. In Alameda County as a whole, 33 people died and 649 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver failed to see the pedestrians in the crosswalk and attempted to make a left turn. California law states that motorists should yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. California Vehicle Code section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
Claim for Compensation
I trust officials are looking into whether any negligence or wrongdoing was involved in this case. If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, she could be held liable for the injuries caused to the pedestrians. Injured pedestrians could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy and other related damages. The best San Francisco personal injury lawyers will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
What precautions do you take as a pedestrian to avoid accidents in crosswalks or street intersections?
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