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SAN FRANCISCO: Mark Swink Killed In Golden Gate Transit Bus Accident By Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street


May 15, 2019

Mark Swink San Francisco: 65-Year-Old Mark Swink Died In Golden Gate Transit Bus Accident In Tenderloin By The Intersection Of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (May 15, 2019) – A 65-year-old pedestrian identified as Mark Swink has tragically died in a bus accident in the Tenderloin district not far from the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street.

San Francisco police are saying that the collision took place on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. The driver of the Golden Gate Transit Bus remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. 

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. But he later succumbed to his injuries. 

The death of Mark Swink is the tenth bicycle or pedestrian accident in the city so far this year. Many city officials are calling the intersection where the accident took place ‘incredibly dangerous.’

Walk San Francisco held a vigil to honor the victim. A representative for the group is saying that city officials need to implement additional measures to keep pedestrians safe. 

It does not appear that any citations have been issued at this time. A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing. 

Safety Reforms To Keep Pedestrians Safe

A number of individuals and groups have called for additional safety measures following the tragic death of Mark Swink. There are a number of potential safety improvements that can be made to streets to reduce the likelihood of pedestrian accidents.

  • Medians and Pedestrian Islands: Islands allow pedestrians to cross halfway through a road and then reevaluate if it is safe to continue.
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons: These lights provide additional protection to pedestrians by letting drivers know that they are present. 
  • Road Diets: A road diet is a low cost method of preventing pedestrians accidents. The disrupt traffic patterns and that put pedestrians in danger. 

An estimated 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in accidents. In the vast majority of cases these deaths are completely preventable. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple forms of liability for a bus accident.

Liability In Bus Accidents

Bus drivers have a heavy responsibility. They must not only ensure the safety of the dozens of passengers they carry but also that of every other driver and pedestrian on the road. A fully loaded bus can weigh over 12 tons and can cause serious injury or deaths to pedestrians. There are a number of factors positively correlated with bus accidents: 

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Speeding
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway

A number of accidents also happen when drivers make dangerous left turns. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”

If an intersection was in a dangerous condition at the time of an accident a city may face civil liability. For example, if an intersection has an obstructed line of sight this could put pedestrians at risk. A bus accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. A victims next of kin may be able to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60.

Getting Help After A Bus Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mark Swink. It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen the accident will come forward and speak with police. There needs to be more work done in the Tenderloin district to help prevent these types of accidents. There are many seniors and children who remain at great risk. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident at a dangerous intersection you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the justice that they need and that tangible steps are taken to make our roads safer. Whether you need a free police report about a specific incident or 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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