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Ying Kuang was almost home the other day when she was hit by an eighteen-wheeler at the intersection of Powel and Vallejo streets in the North Beach neighborhood.

Kuang was 86-years-old and she lived with her daughter and grandson. Her day, according to the story, started normally. She had gone to the park with her daughter but decided to go home by herself to get her cane.

That was when the accident happened.

“Whenever my son hears siren, he will check to see if grandma is okay if she’s at home,” said Kuang’s daughter, with the help of a translator.

The exact cause of the crash is not yet known, but no arrests have been made. At Allegiance Law, we know that pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to accident injuries. Do you know where to turn if you or a loved one are injured?

If you need a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on the Allegiance Law to be by your side.

The Numbers

California acknowledges that pedestrians are the most vulnerable group on the roadways. The front of the latest report put out by the state Office of Traffic Safety shows a civilian holding up a sign that says “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.”

When a person is struck by a vehicle or other object, they absorb two impacts – the initial blow and then one with the ground. This can cause severe injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, massive internal damage, lacerations, and broken or dislocated bones. All of these require immediate and extensive medical care.

Often, pedestrian accident victims need long-term care. Some are even permanently disabled.

For the latest reporting year, there were nearly 14,000 people injured and 867 people killed in pedestrian accidents.

How They Happen

Many times, pedestrian accidents happen in places that are designated as pedestrian right-of-ways such as crosswalks and intersections. Often, drivers are just not paying attention to their surroundings or are in a hurry.

Other times, drivers are distracted by their cell phones, other devices, or other people inside of their vehicle and take their eyes off the road. This can have deadly consequences for the people around them.

We know that drunk drivers continue to be a problem, especially at night and on the weekends. If someone makes the choice to drive after having too much to drink, they should be held accountable for their actions, both criminally and civilly.

What Are Your Options

We know how scary pedestrian accidents can be. If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we want to help. At Allegiance Law, will be by your side, fighting to get the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. We will make sure all of your accident-related expenses are covered because we do not believe another person’s mistake should put you in financial jeopardy. When you need a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.

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