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SAN FRANCISCO: Michael Evans Died In Big Rig Truck Accident By Eddy Street and Mason Street

Jul 19, 2019

Michael Evans  San Francisco: Michael Evans Died In San Francisco Hit-And-Run Big Rig Truck Accident By Eddy Street and Mason Street In Ternderloin

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (July 19, 2019) – A 54-year-old pedestrian identified as Michael Evans has tragically died after being hit by a tractor trailer truck on Broadway Street in between Front Street and Battery Street.

San Francisco police are saying that Michael Evans was in a walker trying to cross near Market Street and Fifth Street when he was hit by the big rig truck around 5:42 a.m. 

The truck driver was arrested after the accident on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to take Michael Evans to the hospital. 

Despite life-saving efforts the victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Walk San Francisco is a pedestrian safety advocacy group.

They are saying that this accident is part of an alarming trend. Senior citizens and children are being put in danger by the large influx of delivery trucks into San Francisco. 

An investigation into the fatal hit-and-run truck accident that killed Michael Evans remains ongoing at this time.

Vision Zero San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the easiest cities to get around in on foot. Many people choose never to buy a car. But the large number of pedestrians creates safety concerns. Some streets and intersections are much more dangerous than others, as indicated by the map below. 

In order to combat the growing trend of pedestrian accident San Francisco officials have come up with an accident reduction plan dubbed Vision Zero. Part of the plan to reduce accidents is to create safer intersections with barriers for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a semi-truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” Pedestrian accidents tend to occur when truck drivers are:

    • Fatigued
    • Distracted
    • Intoxicated
    • Speeding 

But truck driver error is not the only source of negligence for a pedestrian accident. A city could potentially face liability for an accident as well. Cities have a responsibility to construct, design and maintain roads that are reasonably safe for pedestrians. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.” There are a number of factors that could make a road or intersection dangerous for a pedestrian including:

  • Improperly marked lanes
  • Missing shoulder
  • Inadequate signs
  • Visibility/ Line-of-sight defects
  • Obstructed signs
  • Improper lane width
  • Potholes
  • Lack of median barriers

The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Potential claimants in a civil claim can include a victim’s parents, spouse, children and siblings. Damages can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know if there is municipal negligence and what your rights are.

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Evans. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of the truck driver leading up to and following the accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the San Francisco police department. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. Whether you need a free police report about a specific accident 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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