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SAN FRANCISCO: Mark Swink Died In Bus Accident In The City’s Tenderloin District By Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street


May 13, 2019

66-Year-Old Pedestrian Mark Swink Killed In Golden Gate Transit Bus Accident In San Francisco’s Tenderloin District near Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (May 13, 2019) – A 66-year-old pedestrian identified as Mark Swink has tragically died in a bus accident in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district by Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street

San Francisco police are saying that a Golden Gate Transit bus was involved in the pedestrian collision around 7:30 p.m. Police are calling the intersection where the bus accident took place incredibly dangerous. 

There are a large number of pedestrians that use the intersection and there is also fast-moving traffic. Despite life-saving measures Mark Swink later died due to his injuries. 

Designing Roads To Be Safer For Pedestrians

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours.” Children and the elderly are statistically the most likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. This is a particularly large problem in San Francisco. City officials have come up with a plan dubbed Vision Zero to try to reduce pedestrian deaths. Here are some of the core tenets associated with Vision Zero: 

  • Education: Vision Zero aims to develop safety campaigns aimed at promoting safe travel behavior. 
  • Engineering: According to city officials, “We will use the opportunities during everyday maintenance and roadway work to make changes that will increase predictability and reduce the number of conflicts.”
  • Enforcement: Collisions typically the result of poor driving behavior. Traffic patrol officers will focus on high crash locations and enforcing laws designed to prevent accidents. 
  • Evaluation:  According to city officials, “We will continue to analyze collision, public health, land use, and an array of other data as we build a Transportation and Public Health Database.”

Bus accidents can leave victims with serious and costly injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability for a bus accident. 

Liability In Bus Accidents

Bus companies are considered “common carriers” under the law. Their drivers are held to a very high standard when it comes to safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.”

Bus accidents tend to occur when drivers are distracted or speeding. For example, a number of collisions take place when bus drivers make dangerous left turns and hit pedestrians. The driver may be focusing on oncoming traffic and fail to notice a pedestrian in the  middle of the roadway. But driver negligence is not the only problem or leading cause of accidents. Road design may play an important role as well. 

Cities and counties have an obligation to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. If for, for example, a city is given constructive notice of a dangerous condition on public property should take action. Failing to do so may result in liability on the part of a city or county. The family of a victim that died in a bus accident may have recourse through a wrongful death claim. A bus accident attorney can evaluate all of the facts of your case and get to the bottom of what happened. 

Investigating A Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mark Swink. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the San Francisco police department as they continue their investigations. A number of officials are calling this intersection dangerous. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place in order to help keep pedestrians safe. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a San Francisco bus accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free police report about a specific incident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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