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21-year-old Killed by Recology Garbage Truck in San Francisco's Mission District

On May 23, 2013, at about 6:45 a.m., a bicyclist was struck by a Recology garbage truck in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. The tragic accident occurred as the bicyclist was heading eastbound on 16th Street, while trying to make a right hand turn onto southbound Van Ness. The collision left the 21-year-old bicyclist dead at the scene. The bicyclist, Dylan Mitchell, had just moved to San Francisco two weeks ago and was working with an electrician as an apprentice. He was previously a resident of Clayton and had attended Clayton Valley High School.

The driver of the garbage truck was unaware that he hit the bicyclist until he was waved down by pedestrians on the street who had witnessed the collision. The bike was found crushed on the corner of 17th Street and South Van Ness after being dragged down the street.

Sadly, trucking accidents occur frequently on California's streets. Truck drivers have a duty to pay attention and refrain from negligent behavior. When these duties are neglected the consequences can be fatal. Some common forms of negligent truck driver behavior include:

Trucking companies must also comply with various safety measures, including but not limited to: equipping trucks with convex safety mirrors, ensuring that trucks are in good working order, and enforcing driver training and testing. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP, we believe that trucking companies and truck drivers must be held accountable for their actions.

At Matiasic & Johnson LLP we send our deepest condolences to Dylan Mitchell's family and friends. The dedicated attorneys at Matiasic Roth and Johnson LLP are highly experienced with trucking accident law and know the importance of pursuing our client's legal rights with diligence and without delay. Our lawyers have over thirty years of combined legal experience and have successfully handled many trucking accident cases.

Your case will be personally handled by one of our skilled attorneys who are compassionate with their clients and aggressive in protecting their rights. If you or a loved one have been involved in a trucking accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact the trucking accident attorneys at Matiasic & Johnson LLP for a free consultation today.