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UPDATE: Hui Jun Yang Killed In San Francisco Car Accident With Taxi By Fifth Street And Market Street


Aug 12, 2019

Hui Yang San Francisco: Hui Jun Yang Killed In San Francisco Car Accident With Taxi By Fifth Street And Market Street In The Tenderloin District

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August 11, 2019) – A 79-year-old woman identified as Hui Jun Yang was tragically killed in a car accident after being struck by a taxi near the intersection of Fifth Street And Market Street.

San Francisco police are saying that Hui Jun Yang was hit by the taxi while crossing the street around 8:50 p.m. Paramedics were called to the scene of the car accident, but the victim later died at the scene due to her injuries. 

The driver of the taxi that hit the victim remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have contributed to the crash. 

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney took to twitter to inform the public about what happened. “We are devastated and furious,” Haney wrote on Twitter. Supervisor Haney also said that the location of the fatal taxi accident with Hui Jun Yang is very dangerous. 

This is the 15th pedestrian death in San Francisco so far this year. This is over double the number of deaths last year. Groups such as Walk San Francisco have been advocating that the city must take additional measures to help keep pedestrians safe. 

It was less than one month ago on July 18th that Michael Evans was killed in the same area after being hit and dragged by a semi-truck. An investigation into the cause of the San Francisco Taxi accident that killed Hui Jun Yang remains ongoing at this time. 

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents In The Tenderloin District

More pedestrians died in car accidents in California than in any other state according to one study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The problem is especially pronounced in Los Angeles County, San Diego and San Francisco. In 2014, San Francisco began to implement Vision Zero with the aim of eliminating traffic fatalities in the city by 2024. But pedestrian accidents have remained at an all time high in 2019. 

The University of California Berkeley has actually created a injury mapping system that shows all of the areas where pedestrians have been killed in accidents over the years. The areas highlighted in bright red have the greatest concentration of fatal pedestrian accidents. This was where Hui Jun Yang and many other pedestrians have tragically died.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are a number of safety measures that the city of San Francisco can implement to curb accidents. Protected pedestrian crossings and a reduction in the number of turns on certain streets can help keep pedestrians safe. Depending on the facts of any particular accident, there may be numerous sources of liability. 

Liability For Pedestrian Accidents Involving Taxis

Taxi drivers are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety.  According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, Common carriers must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers[or property].”

A good taxi driver is supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. This is required by law. 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.” Taxi drivers that fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians may face civil or even criminal liability for their actions. 

But driver negligence is not the only reason that accidents happen. San Francisco may be liable for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. Cities in California have a legal responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are in a reasonably safe condition. If there are factors on a street or intersection that make pedestrian accidents more likely those should be corrected. If a city fails to correct a dangerous intersection after being given constructive notice of the problem they could be help responsible through a civil claim. 

The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can cover funeral expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, taxi companies and cities will often try hard to deny any liability for an accident. A car accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and get you answers about what happened and what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A San Francisco Taxi Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hui Jun Yang as they are going through such a difficult time. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out to the SFPD as they continue to investigate. This is completely unacceptable. City officials know how dangerous the Tenderloin District can be. It’s time for their to be concrete measures put in place to prevent additional accidents. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident in San Francisco you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that they are being treated fairly. Whether you need a free police report about a particular incident or would like a free and independent investigation into 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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