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UPDATE: Michael Evans Killed In San Francisco Hit-And-Run Truck Accident By The Intersection Of Mason Street and Eddy Street

Jul 19, 2019

Michael Evans San Francisco: Michael Evans Killed In San Francisco Hit-And-Run Truck Accident By The Intersection Of Mason Street and Eddy Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (July 19, 2019) – A 54-year-old pedestrian identified as Michael Evans has tragically died in a hit-and-run truck accident by the intersection of Mason Street and Eddy Street. 

San Francisco police are saying that the accident took place around 5:42 a.m. Michael Evans was using a walker at the corner of the intersection when he was hit by the semi-truck. 

He was dragged nearly two blocks to the corner of  Market Street and Fifth Street. Police rushed Michael Evans to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Despite medical care Michael Evans later died at the hospital. The 65-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer truck that hit the victim was charged with vehicular manslaughter and failing to yield to a pedestrian. 

Investigators descended upon the scene and began looking into what may have cause the accident. According to one official, “they’re looking to see are the crosswalks clear, traffic lights properly timed, can you see the traffic lights and the markings?”

Hit-And-Run Accident Statistics

According to AAA, “An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred each year since 2006. Over the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run crashes, meanwhile just one percent of all driver fatalities in that same time period.” Pedestrian accidents with trucks tend to occur when truck drivers are:

  • Distracted
  • Speeding
  • Intoxicated
  • Unfamiliar with the road
  • Fatigued

Fatigue, in particular, has been cited as the number one reason for fatal truck accidents. It’s important that evidence is collected and examined after an accident. Most intersections will typically have surveillance cameras. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident. 

Liability In Truck Accidents

All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” In the event of an accident a driver should remain at the scene and contact police. 

It is a felony to flee the scene of an accident that results in bodily injury. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.”

If a truck driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian the company that they work for may be vicariously liable. Companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees. This is generally true insofar as the negligent employee was working within the course and scope of their job duties. Truck drivers are supposed to be properly licensed and trained. But this doesn’t always happen.

The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can include compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, many truck companies will try to deny liability after an accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Evans. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the San Francisco Police Department. This is a total tragedy that should never have taken place. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in an accident with a semi-truck? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are treated fairly. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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