Car crashes into San Francisco building, 4 injured, 15 displaced

Posted: June 14, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 14, 2022) – A car crashed into a San Francisco building, injuring four people and displacing 15 others according to NBC Bay Area.

The San Francisco accident occurred around 9 p.m. when a car struck a residential building, severed a gas line and started a fire. San Francisco Fire Department officers arrived at the scene on the 1500 block of Clay Street and had the fire under control at around 10 p.m.

Two people sustained serious injuries, and two others with moderate injuries according to SFFD.

Fifteen people were displaced as a result of the accident and the Red Cross were reported to be aiding them in finding shelter.

San Francisco Police say that no arrests have been made and that the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact SFPD at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.

Liability In San Francisco Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A San Francisco Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes and speedy recovery to those injured and displaced from their homes. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a San Francisco car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.

 

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