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Car Crash in Tenderloin Kills One Cyclist

A car crash in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood killed one bicyclist on August 14, 2018.

According to SF Weekly, this crash happened at 5:45PM at the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets. Before the crash, the cyclist was headed northbound on Taylor and a BMW was traveling west on Taylor. Allegedly, the BMW struck the bicyclist and then quickly sped away.

First-responders were able to transport the crash victim to a nearby hospital, but doctors soon pronounced the cyclist dead from his injuries.

Thankfully, San Francisco Police were able to catch the driver involved in this crash. That driver has been booked on charges of DUI causing injury or death, vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run

Tenderloin: A high injury corridor

In an effort to bring down the number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities, the government of San Francisco has teamed up with the Vision Zero group. Headquartered in Sweden, Vision Zero works with local law enforcement in cities around the world to improve traffic safety.

The streets in Tenderloin are listed as “high injury corridors” in Vision Zero’s reports. Streets that fit this “high injury corridor” classification account for over 70 percent of serious crashes, yet they only make up about 13 percent of SF’s total roads.

San Francisco Police say streets in Tenderloin are especially dangerous because they are all one-way. Drivers are more likely to speed on one-way versus multi-lane streets.

For more information on Vision Zero’s efforts in SF, check out http://visionzerosf.org/.

After a Fatal Bicycle Crash

Although programs like Vision Zero are good, there are still reckless and negligent drivers on the roads. No cyclist should ever fear for his/her life while traveling around the Bay Area. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, get in touch with Bay Area Bicycle Law for a free consultation. We are the only personal injury law firm focused exclusively on bicycle accidents in San Francisco.

Loved ones of cyclists tragically killed should also be aware of wrongful death claims. Contacting a lawyer is usually the very last thing on someone’s mind, however, before the dust has settled an insurer is probably already seeking out ways to delay or deny any claim and hoping that you never call to begin with.

After any type of bicycle crash, contact us for a free, confidential consultation. We will only offer you advice and options which are in your best interest. Speak to one of our attorneys by calling 415-466-8717.