Loading or unloading luggage at a large airport can be a nerve-wracking task. Cars are traveling at different speeds and are constantly changing lanes or making unexpected stops. People who are on foot must be constantly alert. A recent motor vehicle accident at San Francisco International Airport appears to have happened with such speed that the three victims had little time or no time to react before they were struck by a rapidly moving SUV.
The collision occurred in the afternoon in the arrivals section of the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport. Three people were apparently loading luggage into their car when a SUV began to rapidly accelerate from its parking place at the curb. The SUV smashed into the rear of the car that was being loaded. All three pedestrians were taken by ambulance to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of the three, a 46-year old male, died at the hospital about an hour later. The other two, a man and a woman, remained hospitalized.
The driver of the SUV reportedly remained at the scene assisting police officers in their investigation. Police said the collision did not appear to have been an intentional act, and the driver did not display any signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Police have not yet offered any explanation for the sudden acceleration by the SUV or why the driver was otherwise unable to avoid striking the three pedestrians. The San Francisco Police Department is continuing to investigate the accident.
Many questions must be answered before liability can be determined in cases similar to this. Does the negligent driver own the vehicle he or she was driving or was it a rent-a-car? Was it in sound working condition? Did the driver know any of the victims? Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar condition may consider making a claim for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can provide significant assistance with an analysis of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of success.