12-Year-Old Boy Injured In San Francisco Car Accident By Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (September 10, 2019) – A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured in a car accident by the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street.
San Francisco police are saying that the accident took place around 4:44 p.m. in the Tenderloin District. Police arrested the 29-year-old driver that hit the victim under suspicion of DUI.
The 12-year-old boy that was hit was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. After receiving care the boy is being listed in stable condition.
This comes after a string of recent pedestrian deaths in the Tenderloin district in June and July. Groups like Walk SF are asking city officials to declare a state of emergency in order to help prevent accidents.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Since 2014, efforts to reduce fatal traffic incidents on San Francisco’s streets have centered on the city’s Vision Zero SF program. The ambitious initiative, championed by former Mayor Ed Lee, seeks to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2024 through a combination of intensive data analysis, street engineering projects, public-safety campaigns and smarter police enforcement of traffic crimes.” Here are just a few of the most common reasons that pedestrian accidents take place:
- Driver distraction
- Driver intoxication
It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Drivers that choose to drink and drive will likely face criminal as well as civil liability for their actions.
In many circumstances liability for an accident may extend beyond the driver. Under California Government Code 935, cities can be held liable for accidents if they were caused by a road or intersection in a dangerous condition. It’s always a good idea to seek legal counsel after an accident. An car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A San Francisco Pedestrian Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the victim of this horrific accident and his family as he continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.