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Elderly Woman Killed in San Francisco Car Accident

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Lourdes Richman, 71, was killed in a San Francisco car accident involving a mobile crane tractor truck the morning of April 15, 2011. According to a news report in the San Francisco Examiner, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Second and Townsend streets in San Francisco. Witnesses report that the truck made a left turn and struck Richman as she crossed the street in a marked crosswalk. Richman was transported to a local hospital where she died later that day. Investigators are trying to determine why this accident occurred and why the truck driver failed to see the pedestrian in the crosswalk before making the turn.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Lourdes Richman for their tragic and devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 16 people were killed and 790 were injured in San Francisco pedestrian accidents. Also, during the same year, 35 fatalities and 3,577 injuries happened due to car accidents in San Francisco.

Crosswalk Laws

Under California law, all motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians 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.”

Liability Issues

In this particular case, I trust officials are looking into whether the truck driver was distracted, inattentive, fatigued or driving recklessly. If it is determined that the truck driver was at fault, then, the driver and his or her employer could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise families in such cases about their legal rights and options.

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