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San Francisco City Employee Critically Injured in Car Accident

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A parking enforcement officer was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident the morning of July 23, 2010 when his Cushman vehicle was hit. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the crash occurred at the intersection of Polk and Ellis streets. Officials say another driver ran a red light while going westbound on Ellis Street and broadsided the Cushman vehicle. The parking officer was then ejected from his vehicle and badly injured as it landed on him. The victim who was wearing a helmet is expected to survive the serious injury crash.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to this San Francisco City employee and his family. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were 35 fatal car accidents and 3,577 injury accidents in San Francisco. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running says that in 2007, 900 people were killed and 153,000 were injured in the United States as a result of motorists running red lights.

Laws and Liability Issues

Running a red light is a serious traffic violation under California law. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”

In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault party to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy and other related damages. In this particular case, the parking officer was on the job. So, he will be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits as well. However, in California, the workers compensation benefits provided are typically less than adequate, barely covering even the medical expenses.

Where serious or catastrophic on-the-job injuries are involved there is a good possibility that the worker may not be able to return to work. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will advise victims in such cases about how they can recover third party compensation in addition to workers compensation benefits. A third party claim is filed against a negligent party that is not an employer, and is worth many times the worker’s compensation benefits. If the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer should advise victims and their families about how the uninsured/underinsured clause of their own auto insurance policy applies to such a situation.

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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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