Working as a utility plumber for the City of San Francisco can be dangerous, but it isn’t often a life-or-death struggle. However, that’s just what happened to three Public Utilities Commission (PUS) employees who were busy working in Diamond Heights on June 13th. Authorities are now investigating a fatal tow truck crash as many wonder if negligence cost a city employee her life.
A Fatal Tow Truck Crash Raises Questions
It was around 2:00 pm when a flat-bed tow truck began to winch up a black sedan. That’s when something went wrong and the sedan suddenly came loose. The car rolled out of control and directly at three PUC plumbers working on a pipe nearby. Two of those workers managed to dive away from the out of control vehicle, but their 34-year-old coworker did not.
The woman was rushed to Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital, but she was unable to recover from her injuries. The PUC later released a tribute acknowledging her achievements as one of the few female utility plumbers on their team. Now investigators from Cal-OSHA and the SFPD are combing through the evidence to discover what went wrong.
Depending on the circumstances, there could be several responsible parties in this case. Did the tow truck company use the proper equipment to tow the black sedan? Was the tow truck’s equipment used properly? Was that equipment well maintained? Any one of these factors could prove negligence, and it could make the towing company at the center of this tragedy liable.
This is why it’s important to gather the facts after an unforeseen accident. Determining who is responsible in cases like this may be one of the only ways for families recover after such a tragedy. Having an experienced attorney by your side can be a big part of such an investigation. To learn more, keep following our blog and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm.