According to California law enforcement authorities, an accident involving a car and a truck injured two pedestrians on Feb. 7. The accident reportedly occurred around 8:00 p.m. in the Mission District at the intersection of 14th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.
A witness indicated that a Jaguar possibly ran a red light at the intersection. When it did so, it was struck by a pickup truck. Two pedestrians were then struck by one of the vehicles.
Reports did not indicate if the pedestrians were in the crosswalk or if they were on the sidewalk at the time of the accident. A witness indicated they heard the crash and then upon coming outside, saw people on the ground. Police have indicated they are still unclear on what caused the crash and which driver was at fault. Their investigation into the accident is continuing. In addition to the pedestrians, the Jaguar's driver also was injured. The three people have injuries that are considered to be life threatening.
People who are seriously injured in pedestrian accidents may be left with permanent disabilities as a result. Pedestrians are unprotected and are thus more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries when they are struck by cars. When this occurs, that individual may want to file a personal injury civil lawsuit against the allegedly negligent motorist who caused the accident. In the event it is difficult to determine which driver is at fault, pedestrians may benefit by seeking the help of a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to seek opinions from an accident reconstruction expert in order to obtain evidence of negligence, then naming the defendants in the resulting civil lawsuit. Attorneys may also help by negotiating with insurance companies and other attorneys to secure damages for their clients.
Source: Abc 7, "3 hurt after crash involving vehicles, pedestrians in San Francisco," Feb. 8, 2015