Posted on November 28, 2011 in Personal Injury
All too often in the Bay Area you can pick up a newspaper and read about the aftereffects of a collision between vehicle and pedestrian. These incidences are unsettling, of course, but thankfully they are most often unintentional; people usually do not drive around the streets using their cars as weapons. This was not the case this past weekend in San Francisco, when a man allegedly used his car as a battering ram of sorts to finish a fight.
Early in the morning on Thanksgiving, two men were eating in a restaurant in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District, on the corner of 11th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The men got into some sort of altercation, which led to one of them leaving the restaurant and heading over to a nearby gas station. The suspect in this matter, clearly still enraged, got into his vehicle, described as a Mazda SUV, and took off in pursuit of the first man. Once he saw him at the gas station, the suspect used his car as a weapon by running over the victim. The victim, who is a Cal Fire firefighter, suffered injuries and was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he presently remains in critical condition.
While this action has transcended the realm from personal injury to criminal, this matter should nonetheless be regarded for the fact that very often people suffer from road rage, and occasionally this rage causes them to be reckless in their vehicles. A car weighs significantly more than a person, and when traveling at high speeds, this difference can be fatal all too often. Please be aware of this fact the next time someone does something that angers you while driving. There is no need to be violent while on the road.
Have you been injured due to the negligence of someone else? If so, please considering giving the lawyers at Allegiance Law a call. Our staff attorneys are well versed in all stages of personal injury cases, and would be more than happy to talk to you about your claim. Even if you think you have a “small” case, give us a call; we offer a free 30 minute consultation, so there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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