Local pedestrian deaths equal homicides in early part of 2014

According to KTVU, the city of San Francisco had seen seven homicides in 2014 by the middle of May. The city had also seen seven pedestrian deaths in the same time period. This reality has spurred the city's District Attorney to call for an increase in prosecution of those drivers involved in fatal pedestrian accidents. Specifically, the D.A. has asked the mayor for funding in the amount of $400,000 to pay for three additional staff members-a paralegal, an attorney and an investigator-to be allowed to handle more cases.

Many dangerous locations exist in the city

News headlines detail many motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. A KTVU news story highlighted an intersection on Sunset Boulevard and Yorba Street in which a 77-year old man was hit and killed in February of 2014. The driver in that collision was a 71-year old woman. She is currently facing a criminal charge for vehicular manslaughter as a misdemeanor.

In addition, the man's family is suing both the driver and the city for damages. The plaintiffs assert that the city has known about the hazards to pedestrians at this intersection.

The same location was the place where a teenage boy was hit while on foot. He sustained a head injury from his accident. More recently, in May, a 20-year old female was hit by a vehicle while in the crosswalk at the same place and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

San Francisco's high pedestrian fatality rate

Location aside, the streets of San Francisco appear to be highly dangerous to pedestrians. Information from the archives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the year 2012 show the following:

  • More than 48 percent of the city's vehicular deaths were pedestrians.
  • Statewide, the percentage of vehicular deaths that were pedestrians was less than half that of San Francisco as 21.4.
  • Pedestrian deaths outnumbered motorcyclist deaths on San Francisco streets 14 to nine.
  • A total of 29 people died in all automobile accidents in San Francisco.

Other neighboring counties had high pedestrian fatality rates as well. In Santa Clara County, 23 pedestrians died and in Alameda County, another 15 lost their lives.

Post-accident process recommendations

When a pedestrian accident occurs, providing medical treatment for all parties is the primary concern. Once that is secured, those injured or involved should contact an attorney to get details on how to obtain compensation. If a fatality occurs, family members should work with an attorney in honor of their lost loved one.