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Another San Francisco MUNI Bus Pedestrian Death

posted in Muni Accident, by Claude Wyle, on December 27, 2011

With sympathy, and frustration I report another San Francisco MUNI vs. pedestrian fatality which occurred last month. The MUNI death happened on Mission St. between 5th and 6th Streets on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Over a month later, this injury news is still important, and should not be hidden and…

NTSB Expresses Concerns About Distracted Driving

posted in Automobile Accident, by Claude Wyle, on December 22, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends a ban on all personal electronic devices while driving.  Despite the new fines imposed in California for texting-while-driving from a cell phone while driving an automobile, I still hear about fatal accidents and serious personal injuries which result from this most obvious form…

Post-Concussion Syndrome From Motor-Vehicle Accidents and Other Trauma

posted in Head and Brain Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on December 5, 2011

Brain injuries are increasingly becoming recognized as serious health concerns in the U.S. From severe traumatic brain injury to relatively mild concussions, blows to head can have lasting negative health consequences. For people with brain injuries and associated conditions like post-concussion syndrome from motor-vehicle accidents, compensation may be available to…

Bicyclists Beware: Most Likely Places To Be Injured in San Francisco and Bay Area

posted in Bicycle Accidents, by Claude Wyle, on November 30, 2011

All San Francisco bicycle enthusiasts know that, despite the positive aspects of cycling to work or around town, riding in city traffic can be dangerous. Unfortunately, motorists always create some danger for bicyclists, but this danger is even worse at some specific San Francisco intersections. It is my job as…

FDA Increases Childrens’ Safety through Stronger Enforcement Against Tobacco Retailers

posted in Children Safety, by Claude Wyle, on November 19, 2011

The FDA is protecting children from tobacco in its recent action to send warning letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations relating to selling tobacco to minors.  This is part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children, a collaboration with President…

Texting While Driving Dangers: Increased California Fines Proposed

posted in Automobile Accident, by Claude Wyle, on November 11, 2011

Distracted driving statistics continue to rise, as I’ve discussed before.  The accident rate is, in fact, surpassing the drunk driving rate, recent studies have shown.  Texting while driving is, in my opinion, the most insidious forms of distracted driving. Still, drivers continue to cause accidents that could have been prevented…

Victim of Bicycle-Pedestrian Accident Dies After Month in Hospital

posted in Pedestrian Accident, by Claude Wyle, on November 7, 2011

People commonly think of bicyclists as the victims of traffic accidents involving bicycles, and they often are. However, bicyclists also can be a danger to others on the road like pedestrians, who are the least protected of all. For example, a sixty-seven-year-old woman was severely injured in a crash with…

San Francisco Bicycle Messengers

posted in Bicycle Injuries, by Claude Wyle, on

I’ve previously written about bicycle safety tips to help my fellow cyclists by promoting what I think are some of the safest cycling habits.  Cycling is supposed to be about fun, healthy exercise and it should also help us to relate well to the environment.   Safe bicycling habits will help…

San Jose Motorcyclist Lost His Life Due to Ladders On the Highway

posted in Motorcycle Accidents, by Claude Wyle, on October 24, 2011

With anger and more than a little frustration I need to report to you that a motorcyclist was killed one evening last week after he ran over two fiberglass ladders in the middle of Highway 101. This collision sent him off of his motorcycle and into oncoming traffic where he…

San Francisco Repainting Green Bike Lanes

posted in Bicycle Accidents, by Claude Wyle, on October 17, 2011

In December 2009, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) painted the city’s bike lanes green in an effort to make them more visible to motorists. However, by July 2011, SFMTA needed to repaint the lanes after a series of bicycle accidents demonstrated that the lanes were far too dangerous…

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