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Were your kids hurt on the playground? We can help

Adults often have fond memories of the playground days of youth — hanging upside down from monkey bars, swinging high on a fine summer afternoon or even warily eyeing the distance to the ground before whooshing down the "big slide."

But despite the joys in remembering simpler times, playgrounds were and remain fairly dangerous to children.

Safety tips for drivers sharing the road with pedestrians

Many people move to walking to work rather than taking public transportation once the weather warms up. While the walk can be an upbeat start to a work day, it can also be excessively dangerous in a busy city if drivers are not more aware of the increased number of people walking and riding to their destinations. 

If you are a pedestrian, you can expect drivers to follow certain rules to help them avoid accidents.

Driving in San Francisco is not for the faint of heart

San Francisco is one of America's most beautiful and cultural cities, but it has its downsides, as all cities do. Traffic congestion, coupled with frequent foggy conditions, make driving in and around the Bay Area not for the faint of heart.

While rush hour definitely is the most congested time of day, traffic never really levels off. Both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges experience daily delays that are intensified by fender-benders caused by merge miscalculations.

Falling from a ladder can cause personal injury or death

Did you know that falling from heights is the leading cause of death in the construction industry? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls accounted for nearly 40 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2015. It is more than reasonable to assume that many others suffered serious personal injury due to falling.

Ladders are an integral part of a construction worker's arsenal of tools, but they pose a falling risk as well. The construction industry in California can be a busy and hectic enterprise but workers should never become complacent about safety. To help you and others like you avoid dangerous falls from a ladder, please review the safety tips listed below.

California Is Number One In Pedestrian Deaths

Coming in first place is not always a good thing. Unfortunately, a recent study ranked California as the number one state in the U.S. for pedestrian deaths.

According to an article from SFGATE, pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high nationwide. While California actually saw a decrease in fatal pedestrian accidents during the first half of 2016, the state still maintained the number one position, in large part because of its size.

Pedestrians must exercise safety

Many individuals mistakenly believe that pedestrians always maintain the right of way when they enter a street. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous and inaccurate idea, one that costs many pedestrians their lives each year, and leaves some of those who survive an injury accident with few options to seek compensation for their injuries.

It is crucial to take responsibility for your own safety as much as possible when you are a pedestrian. Simply being mindful of several pedestrian safety principles can help you avoid becoming the victim of an automobile-pedestrian accident.

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In 2016, an estimated 40,000 people died in motor vehicle wrecks, with many more suffering serious injuries, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). One of the most common causes of these accidents is distracted driving.

With that in mind, the NSC has declared April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The goal is to make people aware of the severity of this issue and get drivers to focus on the road instead of using cellphones or engaging in other distractions.

People should "put safety first and Just Drive."

Where Are The Protected Bike Lanes?

When Mayor Ed Lee stated he was going to work to make San Francisco safer for bicyclists, one of the strategies mentioned was the creation of protected bike lanes. Specifically, protected bike lanes were proposed for upper Market Street. However, those lanes have been delayed with no clear indication why, while other projects are moving forward. The 10,000-plus member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants answers.

1 dies, another is severely injured in car accident on the 580

An early morning accident that occurred on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, claimed one individual's life and seriously injured another in a tragic multi-car accident near the Broadway exit of Highway 580 in Oakland. Calls reporting the fatal car crash, which later resulted in pedestrian deaths, began flooding into California Highway Patrol around 4:29 a.m., that same morning.

When officers arrived, they discovered a chaotic scene. While one victim was found trapped beneath a vehicle, another was found severely injured further down the highway. As for the roadway itself, the scene the officers arrived at was a scattered mess of disabled vehicles that had been damaged in one way or another. All westbound lanes of Highway 580 were blocked as a result.

Can a pedestrian 'scramble' be safe?

The name alone seems worthy of an eyebrow raise. Scramble? Really? That's the term city planning engineers have assigned to crosswalks where the traffic signals are set so that all vehicles stop in all directions at the same time. The idea is that the entire intersection becomes a crosswalk. During the ensuing interval, pedestrians can cross in any direction they want – even diagonally. Scramble, indeed.

Some in the San Francisco area may be familiar with these unusual intersections. There are a few of them around the city. The latest opened recently in Chinatown at the busy crossing at Kearny and Clay streets. Experts call it a positive step forward in the city's Vision Zero SF effort. Will the scramble reduce injuries or deaths due to vehicle-pedestrian accidents? Officials hope so.

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