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Garbage Truck Strikes Two Pedestrians in San Francisco Crosswalk

A frightening trucking accident left two victims with serious injuries. The accident occurred on March 27, 2013, at approximately 7:30 a.m. According to published reports, two grandparents and their grandchildren were walking in a crosswalk at Embarcadero at the intersection of Broadway Street when a Recology garbage truck plowed through the crosswalk. Witnesses reported seeing the garbage truck turning southbound onto the Embarcadero from Broadway without yielding for the pedestrians.

A San Francisco Police Department spokesperson has indicated that the victims were a 7-year-old girl and her 66-year-old grandmother. Both victims were immediately transported to San Francisco General Hospital with serious injuries. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in hopes that they make a complete and speedy recovery. It appears that aggressive driving may have caused this terrible accident. Some examples of aggressive truck driving behaviors include:
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Failure to yield
Another possible cause of this tragic accident is driver inattention. Inattentive truck drivers can be held liable when they put the safety of pedestrians and motorists at risk.

Trucking accidents in urban settings can be particularly catastrophic. The close proximity with pedestrians often leads to serious and fatal injuries. Truck drivers have an obligation to operate their trucks responsibly. When truck operators are negligent or reckless they can be held liable for the pain and suffering they cause. This can include damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress and pain and suffering.

In addition to the driver, the employer may also share some of the liability for this terrible accident. Employers have a duty to ensure that all of their drivers have the necessary skills and experience to safely operate a truck. They are required to conduct extensive background checks and monitor each driver’s record annually. Employers who fail to fulfill these and other responsibilities can be held liable for the damages caused by their drivers.The experienced trucking accident attorneys at Matiasic & Johnson LLP are committed to helping trucking accident victims and their families. If you or loved one have experienced a trucking accident call today for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.