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The danger spots for pedestrians here in San Francisco

Some would say that walking is the perfect exercise. It doesn't require any equipment; it is low impact, and it is free. In addition, walking is a great way to get around and enjoy the beauty of San Francisco. For these reasons and others, you may be one of the multitudes of people here in the city who skip the motorized vehicles and use their own two feet to get where they are going.

Unfortunately, this healthy past time also comes with certain dangers. Being on foot around the traffic in the city makes you vulnerable to serious injuries. You may be at risk anywhere, but certain spots in San Francisco appear more dangerous to pedestrians than others.

Danger spots to watch for when walking

You should always pay attention when walking, but in these areas, you probably need to remain extra vigilant:

  • Research indicates that Market and Fifth Street is the most dangerous intersection in San Francisco for pedestrians.
  • Market and Seventh Street is the second most dangerous intersection in the city for those who walk.
  • In fact, out of the six hot spots for pedestrian accidents, five of them are between Third and Seventh Streets and Market.
  • The sixth most dangerous intersection for pedestrians is at Mission and 16th.
  • SoMa, the Mission and the Tenderloin neighborhoods saw the most accidents during the research period (2010-2016).

On the upside, the safest neighborhood in the city appears to be the Marina. It should also be noted that the above are only the most dangerous. Any roadway could prove injurious or deadly for a pedestrian.

Can you hold the vehicle driver accountable?

More than likely, the driver of the vehicle that struck you bears the fault in your pedestrian vs. vehicle accident. The most common causes of these crashes include the following:

  • Distracted driving, which has reached epidemic proportions across the country
  • Drivers who tend to ignore posted speed limits on a regular basis
  • People who drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to you at crosswalks
  • Drivers who fail to adjust their driving habits for weather or road conditions
  • Drivers who disregard traffic flow or traffic signals

While the driver may be the obvious responsible party, it's possible that other parties will bear some liability as well. If you suffered injuries due to negligence, you deserve the opportunity to seek compensation from everyone who may bear legal responsibility for your accident-related monetary and non-monetary damages. You may greatly benefit from obtaining an understanding of your legal rights and options under the circumstances.

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