At about 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17th, a shuttle bus for the University of California at San Francisco fatally struck pedestrian Nu Ha Dam at the intersection of Geary Street and Leavenworth Street. The bus turned as Dam was traversing the crosswalk, striking her once and then again when the driver heard the collision and put the vehicle in reverse. She died at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident, explains a California injury lawyer.
In the United States, a pedestrian is injured every 9 minutes and killed every 110 minutes in a traffic crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While driver negligence is a common cause of pedestrian accidents, many have also been attributed to poorly maintained walkways: inadequate street lighting, deteriorating sidewalks, or improperly marked crosswalks. In the latter case, the municipal agency responsible for these public areas may be held liable if an accident occurs.
In most cases, pedestrians have the right-of-way. If a driver fails to stop for a person who is walking-whether that person is using a crosswalk or not-and an accident ensues, the driver may be held responsible for the expenses related to the injuries the pedestrian sustains. In the unfortunate event that the pedestrian does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Nu Ha Dam, the pedestrian fatally struck by the University of California at San Francisco shuttle bus.
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