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SAN FRANCISCO: Pablo Ramirez Killed In Dump Truck Accident While Skateboarding By 7th Street and Howard Street


Apr 25, 2019

Pablo Ramirez San Francisco: Skateboarder Pablo Ramirez “P-Spliff” Tragically Died In Dump Truck Accident By The Intersection Of 7th Street and Howard Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2019) – A skateboarder featured in GQ Style magazine identified as Pablo Ramirez has tragically died in a dump truck accident by the intersection of 7th Street and Howard Street.

Pablo Ramirez could be seen next to a dump truck on surveillance video shortly before the accident. For reasons that remain under investigation, the dump truck ran Pablo Ramirez over causing major injuries. 

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Despite life-saving efforts the victim was later pronounced dead. 

Pablo Ramirez was part of the San Francisco skate group GX1000. Friends described him as an incredible person and a talented skateboarder. 

 GQ Style magazine released a statement following the tragic accident. “Pablo Ramirez was a beautiful spirit, overflowing with love and unyielding energy. It’s impossible to articulate the passion he brought to every waking moment, every session with the homies.”

There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident.

Liability In Dump Truck Accidents

Dump truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid accidents. 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.” There are a number of sources of potential liability for a dump truck accident including:

  • Failure to maintain a truck and its component parts 
  • Failure to offer adequate training to drivers
  • Failure to enforce driving hours of employees

What many people don’t realize is that California is a comparative negligence state. Even if a pedestrian was partially at fault in an accident, this does not bar them or their family from recovering damages. Instead, legal damages are reduced proportionately with the portion that victim was deemed responsible for their own accident. In many circumstances a pedestrian will be held 50 percent at fault for an accident and a truck driver will also be held 50 percent at fault. In many situations, a city may even be held liable for an accident. San Francisco is well known for having steep roads and busy intersections. City officials have put forward a number of proposals under Vision Zero in order to make the city safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders.

According to California Government Code 830.8, “A public entity may be liable for accidents approximately caused by its failure to provide a signal, sign, marking or device to warn of a dangerous condition which endangers the safe movement of traffic and which would not be reasonably apparent to, and would not have been anticipated by, a person exercising due care.” The family member of a victim that died in a skateboarding accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Pablo Ramirez. It is our sincere hope that anyone who may have seen what happened will step forward and contact police. This was a tragedy that should never have taken place. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a dump truck 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 are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free police report about a particular 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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