Judson Bergman San Francisco Taxi Accident: Mary Miller of Chicago, Judson Bergman of Barrington, Illinois Killed In San Francisco Car Accident In Taxi On Highway 101 By Candlestick Point That Involved A Drunk Driver
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2019) – A 57-year-old woman identified as Mary Miller and a 62-year-old man identified as Judson Bergman have tragically died in a DUI head-on car accident on Highway 101.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 a.m. A 34-year-old woman was traveling the wrong direction down Highway 101 when collided head-on with a Taxi carrying Mary Miller and Judson Bergman.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. Tragically, Mary Miller, Judson Bergman and the taxi driver all died due to their injuries. All of the victims were heading to the San Francisco International Airport. New detail about the crash reveal that Judson Bergman and Mary Miller were married.
Judson Bergma was an enormously successfully and beloved Chairman and CEO of Envestnet. Envestnet is a Chicago-based financial services company which Bergma founded in 1999 and helped grow through a series of acquisitions.
The 34-year-old woman that hit the taxi head-on also died in the accident. In the meantime, DUI arrests in the Bay Area continue to rise up from 6,482 last year to 7,796 so far in 2019.
This is also the 25th accident involving a wrong way driver in the Bay Area. CHP officers said that they will continue to work with Caltrans to stop motorists from entering the freeway in the wrong direction.
Liability For San Francisco DUI Car Accidents
According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “In 2017, 9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the day were drunk, compared to 32 percent at night. In addition, almost twice as many alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred during the weekends compared to weekdays.” Drivers with a BAC of even 0.05 (within the legal limit) are often substantially impaired and may experience:
- Lowered alertness
- Difficulty steering
- Impaired judgement
- Loss of small muscle control
- Reduced coordination
It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and cause an accident that results in bodily injury or death. 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.” One of the problems is that people grossly overestimate their ability to drive safely while intoxicated. Indeed, drivers will typically drive drunk dozens of times before their first arrest.
In addition to liability on the part of an intoxicated driver a city could also potentially face civil liability for a wrong-way collision if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.”
For example, if poorly maintained, inaccurate or confusing signs led to a wrong-way collision a municipal entity may face liability for the accident. If there is a history of wrong-way collisions that originate at the same off-ramp this tends to be evidence that there is a problem that needs to be corrected. When cities fail to remedy a dangerous road condition this may be grounds for civil liability. These types of accidents can be extremely complex and are best examined by an experienced car accident attorney.
The family of any victim that died in a wrong-way collision may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is collected and preserved after an accident. There are also statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims. Failing to abide by the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights. It is therefore important to act quickly. If you or someone that you care about been involved in a DUI accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights including California Proposition 213.
Investigating A San Francisco Head-On Collision
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Mary Miller, Judson Bergman and the taxi driver that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this. As consumer safety advocates we are deeply concerned by the prospect that this tragedy may have been preventable. There have been far too many similar accidents in the Bay Area.