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San Francisco bicyclist deaths spur calls for accelerated safety measures

For about two years now, San Francisco has been committed to a Vision Zero traffic policy, which is aimed at reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2024.

Unfortunately, deadly traffic accidents continue to happen, and Mayor Ed Lee has called for accelerated safety improvements in the wake of recent bicyclist and pedestrian deaths.

The mayor's executive directive specifically targets safety problems in Golden Gate Park and the South of Market neighborhood, where in June two cyclists died, only hours apart, after being struck by hit-and-run drivers. In each instance, a driver has been arrested and charged.

The stepped-up efforts to improve safety include reduced speed limits and tightened traffic restrictions in Golden Gate Park.

Still, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has reported that this year at least 20 people have lost their lives in San Francisco traffic accidents, including 10 seniors and three bicyclists.

Additionally, the executive director of Walk SF noted that every 18 hours a person dies or is seriously injured on San Francisco streets.

The reality is that negligence is a factor in many motor vehicle accidents, and for obvious reasons, pedestrians and bicyclists are especially at risk of suffering a serious injury in a collision with a car or truck.

If your life or the life of your loved one has been changed by a motor vehicle accident, you may have grounds to receive compensation for a variety of costs resulting from the collision.

For more on these matters, please see Brady Law Group's overview of Negligence Claims in Car Accident Cases.

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