Earlier this week, Recology garbage trucks claimed their third victim since May. According to a report by a local NBC affiliate, the fatal accident occurred in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, at Jones and Tonio Streets. While police are still investigating the scene, they do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.
Just a few weeks ago, a Recology garbage truck killed another victim early in the morning near 7th Street. Back in May, a Recology truck killed a bicyclist in the mission district, near 16th and South Van Ness.
In attempting to offer an explanation for the accidents, Recology officials emphasized the challenge of providing these services in an urban environment like San Francisco. They added that they believe their drivers always exercise caution in their operations. However, the spokesperson did concede that the most recent accident will lead to a full evaluation to determine what can be done to prevent future accidents.
Community Response: Pedestrian Accidents in the Bay Area
In a city with a large walking population, these accidents have drawn city-wide attention. In fact, the Executive Director of Walk SF, a pedestrian’s advocacy group, noted that this was the seventeenth pedestrian death caused by an auto accident since the beginning of the year. Some reports suggest that as many as three San Francisco pedestrians are hit by vehicles every single day. All of this is leading to a wide range of municipal and state legislative proposals aimed at tackling the problem. But as the continued list of accidents makes clear, there is a lot work to be done to alleviate the situation.
This has led many to criticize the city for its unsafe streets, and especially commercial companies that should be retaining top quality drivers. There is no doubt that anyone driving a vehicle the size of a garbage truck around the streets of San Francisco should be an extremely skilled and attentive driver. To place any other type of driver behind the wheel could be considered irresponsible.
Employee Training and Civil Liability
The families of the victims of these garbage truck accidents may decide to sue Recology for monetary compensation due to the loss of their loved ones. What may become relevant in such a lawsuit is the company’s training program, as well as its safety record. It is yet to be seen what kind of training the company implements to train the drivers. A company spokesperson did comment that the drivers were “some of the best trained in the business.” Such information would likely be disclosed once litigation is underway.
Have You Been Involved in an Pedestrian Accident?
If you have been involved in an auto pedestrian accident in or around the Bay Area, you should seek the counsel of an experienced Bay Area accident attorney immediately. With an attorney’s assistance you will be able to best survey your available options and come up with a course of action that is best for you and your family. Thanks for reading Slice of Appel PI today. We hope you continue to read and share it with others during this holiday season.