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Bay Area Residents Face a Range of Unpredictable Traffic Threats

Bay Area Residents Face a Range of Unpredictable Traffic ThreatsResidents of the Bay Area are certainly familiar with a range of traffic-related threats, whether they are driving, walking their dogs, or biking. A slew of recent incidents across the area has shown that these threats are often completely unexpected. While one vehicle was crushed by the somewhat predictable hazard of a rolling box truck, other cars were squashed by a falling tree. These incidents and many others illustrate how unpredictable driving can be in the San Francisco area. If you have encountered an unexpected crash while driving in the Bay Area, you might be unsure how to proceed. Book a consultation with a qualified accident attorney in San Francisco, and you may have the opportunity to pursue compensation for your various damages. 

Box Truck Almost Completely Crushes Passenger Vehicle in Bay Area

On January 16th, CBS News reported that a box truck had somehow ended up on top of a smaller passenger vehicle in Sonoma County. The accident occurred on Highway 92, and it miraculously resulted in no injuries. The driver seems to have just barely escaped being crushed by the box truck, and there is no word on how this accident occurred. 

Images from the crash show a small, silver sports car wedged underneath the box truck – and the driver area seems completely buried within a mess of twisted metal. One can only assume that the roll cage did its job. While no serious injuries were reported, this near-death experience was probably highly traumatic for the driver. Even a slight scrape or bruise could potentially lead to an injury claim, and the driver could theoretically claim PTSD as legitimate non-economic damage. 

100-Year-Old Tree Crushes Numerous Vehicles

On January 22, 2024, it was reported that a 100-year-old tree fell  onto several vehicles, completely crushing them in the process. The tree was apparently healthy, and it showed no signs of instability before tumbling to the ground. Witnesses awoke to several car alarms blaring in the middle of the night and assumed someone was being robbed. One car owner says that her vehicle was “literally chopped in half” by the tree. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but this incident could have been much worse. This incident also shows that traffic threats can come from seriously unexpected sources in the Bay Area. 

Bike Accident Victim Identified in Bay Area

On January 17, it was reported that the victim of a fatal bike accident in Sonoma County had been identified. The victim had been driving down Hauser Bridge Road when she lost control of her bike, struck a tree, and went off the road. It seems that she might have ended up down an embankment since her riding partner had to search for her body for quite some time. 

Police say that she was riding at an unsafe speed downhill when she attempted to navigate a curve, although this has not been confirmed. If true, it would highlight a threat that many cyclists underestimate. Of course, bike accidents may also be caused by cracks in the road, potholes, and other hazards. These can easily cause a cyclist to veer off the road and suffer fatal injuries. 

Dog Walker Dies After Fatal Collision

On January 17, 2024, it was reported that a dog walker lost his life in Sonoma County after being struck and killed by a passing motorist. The 61-year-old resident was struck at about 7 AM while attempting to cross the Rohnert Park Expressway. Despite life-saving attempts by first responders, he died soon after the impact. The driver who struck him stayed at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement. After an investigation by police, no evidence of intoxication was uncovered. Police say that the area was not well-lit, and there was heavy fog at the time of the accident. The victim’s dog also passed away as a result of the collision. 

Find a Qualified Auto Accident Attorney in San Francisco

If you have been searching for an experienced auto accident attorney in San Francisco, look no further than Mary Alexander & Associates. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in the Bay Area, including those injured by auto accidents. We know that driving in this neighborhood can be highly unpredictable, leading to a range of potential injury claims. Even if you think you suffered a “freak accident,” someone else might be to blame. Approach this question alongside a qualified attorney and pursue compensation in an efficient manner. Reach out today to get started.

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