Last weekend, a 24year old man who was cycling in the mission district suffered serious injuries after being struck by a hit a run driver, according to SFGate.com. The cyclist was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. There is no detailed description of the suspect, except that his vehicle is described as tan or gold newer model four-door. The time was 12:20a.m. on December 25th and the cyclist was heading west on 25th street, and the car was heading east on 25th street. The driver hit the cyclist as he was making a left turn onto Bartlett Street. The police stated that the cyclist had the right-of-way, as the car was the one that was turning.
As it turns out, this intersection is notorious for car crashes and many near misses. Several people in the neighborhood wonder why there is not a stop sign at that intersection on 25th, as there are four-way stops at all the other intersections-the only stop signs at that intersection are on Bartlett, one of which is covered by foliage. Also they wonder: if there was a stop sign there, could this accident have been avoided? Many drivers take the smaller streets to avoid traffic, thereby placing cyclists who do the same in jeopardy. Some drivers coming from the freeway onto Caesar Chavez and into the Mission neighborhoods forget to slow down. Residents are petitioning for more stop signs at all dangerous intersections and vulnerable points in the area. They are also seeking to have the property owner, at the stop sign covered with foliage, trim the back the potential hazard. Here at the Brod Law Firm, we too believe drivers need to slow them down as soon as they take the off-ramp and begin entering neighborhoods with children, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury as the result of a bicycle accident, please contact our firm to see about filing a claim. With over 10 years experience defending injured cyclists, we have the expertise to guarantee you get the compensation you deserve.