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UPDATE: Pilsoo Seong Killed In San Francisco Truck Accident By 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue In The Mission District


Nov 2, 2019

Pilsoo Seong San Francisco: Pilsoo Seong Killed In San Francisco Truck Accident By 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue In The Mission District

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (November 2, 2019) – A 69-year-old woman identified as Pilsoo Seong has tragically died in a truck accident near the intersection of 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission District.

San Francisco police are saying that the accident took place around 3:25 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation, Pilsoo Seong was hit by the truck as she was crossing the street. 

Paramedics were called to the scene and took Pilsoo Seong to the hospital. Despite life-saving efforts she was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

The truck driver that hit the victim remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. 

This is the 16th pedestrian fatality this year in San Francisco. City officials have said that South Van Ness Avenue is part of the city’s “high-injury network.”

Walk San Francisco is a pedestrian safety advocacy group. They have supported declaring a state of emergency for traffic safety in order to help reduce additional accidents like this. 

An investigation into the truck accident that killed Pilsoo Seong remains ongoing at this time. 

Designing Roads To Be Safe In San Francisco

San Francisco is well known for having streets that can be particularly dangerous, especially for older residents. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “More than 7 in 10 severe or deadly incidents happen on just 12 percent of San Francisco’s streets.” This is especially true in the Mission District where a disproportionate number of pedestrian accidents take place. Consider, for example, the areas of the map in bright red. These areas have a high concentration of pedestrian collisions. 

In order to combat the high number of pedestrian accidents and deaths in San Francisco city officials have come up with Vision Zero. Their plan is to reduce accidents through a combination of education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation. In terms of engineering there are a number of steps, that cities can take to help make roads safer including:

  • The Safety Edge
  • Corridor Access Management
  • Backplates With Retroreflective Borders
  • Enhanced Delineator and Friction For Horizontal Curve
  • Medians and Pedestrian Islands
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
  • Road Diets

Pedestrian deaths are preventable if drivers are vigilant and if roads are properly constructed. Depending on the facts of any case there could be numerous sources of liability for a pedestrian accident. 

Liability In San Francisco Truck Accidents

Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to yield the right of way to pedestrians 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.” Part of the problem with trucks is that they tend to have very large blind spots. 

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California Driver Handbook – Sharing the Road

There is simply no excuse for a truck driver to hit a pedestrian in an intersection. These types of accidents tend to happen when truck drivers are fatigued, intoxicated  or distracted. Most commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). These devices can provide valuable information about what a truck driver was doing prior to an accident. In addition to liability on the part of a truck driver a city could be liable for a pedestrian accident. 

Cities have a legal obligation to design, construct and maintain roads in a reasonably safe condition. A city could be liable for a pedestrian accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. According to California Civil Code 835, “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, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.” When a city is given constructive notice of a dangerous condition they should take steps to correct the problem.

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 help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and loss of love. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse, children, siblings and parents. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for an accident. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A San Francisco Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Pilsoo Seong. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is time for city officials to act. Additional measures need to be put in place to help keep pedestrians safe. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a San Francisco 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 are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, 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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