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UPDATE: Galina Alterman Killed In San Francisco Truck Accident On Sutter Street and Divisadero Street


May 3, 2019

Galina Alterman San Francisco: 77-Year-Old Galina Alterman Killed In San Francisco Toyota Dealership Truck Accident By The Intersection of Sutter Street and Divisadero Street 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2019) – A 77-year-old woman identified as Galina Alterman has tragically died in a San Francisco Toyota Dealership Truck Accident by Sutter Street and Divisadero Street.

San Francisco police are saying that the car accident took place around 8:45 a.m. as the driver of the Toyota Dealership truck was making a left turn at the intersection. Galina Alterman was walking in the crosswalk at the time that she was hit. 

The area where the accident took place has a number of medical offices for seniors and those with disabilities. Many San Francisco residents are saying that Divisadero Street is the location of a number of accidents

Despite life-saving efforts Galina Alterman was later pronounced dead due to her injuries. A pedestrian safety advocacy group is planning a vigil on Friday in order to honor the victim and call for additional safety measures. 

This accident marks the 12th time that a person has died on the streets of San Francisco this year. An investigation into the cause of the car accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents have continued to be a major issue in San Francisco. Fatal accidents like the one that killed Galina Alterman are unfortunately all too common. Studies have shown that the elderly, the disabled and children are at the greatest risk of being seriously injured or killed by cars in the Bay Area. In order to keep pedestrians safe, city officials have developed Vision Zero. This is the city’s ambitious plan to eventually eliminate fatal accidents. According to officials this is going to be done through education, engineering, enforcement and evaluating dangerous streets. 

Protected intersection, Salt Lake City

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: PROTECTED INTERSECTIONS? SO HOT RIGHT NOW

One of the suggestions that has been floated to reduce pedestrian deaths is protected intersections. These intersections pictured above already exist in other areas like Salt Lake City Utah. Protected intersections keep pedestrians safe by adding physical barriers between people walking and the traffic. They also reduce the likelihood of collisions by forcing vehicles to slow down. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple sources of liability for a pedestrian accident. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

Every truck driver has a legal obligation to drive according to the prevailing conditions and to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Unfortunately, this does not always happen when truck drivers are making left turns. According to the 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 a truck driver hits a pedestrian while making a left-turn they will likely be found at fault for the accident. But driver negligence is not the only problem in San Francisco. A number of very serious accidents occur due to dangerous street design. In short, a government entity like a city can be found at fault for an accident caused by a dangerous condition on public property.  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 of a victim that died in a San Francisco truck accident may have the ability to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A claim can help a victim’s family recover damages for funeral expenses, emotional trauma, loss of income and loss of love. Unfortunately many companies will fight hard to deny responsibility for their actions even when they are clearly at fault. A truck accident attorney can advocate on your behalf free of cost and hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Galina Alterman. No family should ever have to suffer through something like this. San Francisco has the resources and the ability to take tangible steps to make our streets safer. City officials need to investigate what happened and come up with a plan to prevent similar tragedies. This neighborhood has many seniors and disabled citizens who remain at serious risk of being injured or killed in vehicle collisions if action is not taken.

If someone that you love has been involved in a San Francisco truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We are committed to advocating on behalf of accident victims and taking steps to make our streets safer. Whether you need a free police report about a specific incident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Galina Alterman San Francisco Car Accident

UPDATE: Galina Alterman Killed In San Francisco Truck Accident On Sutter Street and Divisadero Street

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