30-Year-Old Woman In San Francisco Injured In Truck Accident By Second Street and Bryant Street Off of Interstate Highway 80
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (March 28, 2019) – A 30-year-old woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a large commercial truck by the intersection of Bryant Street and Second Street.
San Francisco police are saying that the accident took place around 6:43 a.m. The injured woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, though her condition was later upgraded.
The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. It remains unclear if the truck driver will be cited following the crash on Bryant Street.
Preventing Truck Accidents In San Francisco
San Francisco and the Bay Area in general remains one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians. In order to combat this, city officials have put forward their plan to help dramatically reduce accidents. This proposal has been dubbed “Vision Zero.” Here are the four ways public officials are looking to reduce accidents:
- Education: City officials hope to promote safety by educating the public about how to move safely throughout the city.
- Engineering: Roads should be designed and built with safety in mind. This includes protected bike lanes for cyclists.
- Enforcement: Police will help reduce accidents by cracking down on safety violations that likely lead to accidents.
- Evaluation: City officials want to study the city’s streets in order to determine where improvements are most needed.
The grand goal of Vision Zero is to one day reduce fatal accidents in the city to zero. Accidents can leave victims with lasting injuries and high medical bills. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for any pedestrian accident.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
Commercial truck companies are considered common carriers under the law. They are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “Common carriers must carry passengers [or property] safely. Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].” A number of truck accidents occur because truck drivers are not operating their vehicle safely. According to the FMCSA, these are the top five factors in fatal truck accidents:
- Inadequate surveillance
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Failure to stop before crash
- Roadway problems
In addition to negligence on the part of a truck driver, there may also be negligence on the part of a city. San Francisco has a responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. But when this does not happen the city may face civil liability for an accident cause by a dangerous condition on public property. For example, a number of streets have poor lines of sight creating a potential hazard for pedestrians. A truck accident attorney can examine the specific facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this truck accident by Second Street and Bryant Street. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities. It’s so important that truck drivers exercise the utmost caution when traveling through San Francisco.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Seeking legal advice is the smart thing to do after an accident. It doesn’t cost anything to have a personal injury attorney look at your case and they may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.