Biker Tris Yasay Killed in Crash Involving Garbage Truck in UC Davis
Davis, CA (May 26, 2022) – Tris Yasay (19), a freshman from UC Davis, died after getting hit by a garbage truck while cycling. According to CBS Sacramento, the incident happened at around 8:00 am on Wednesday.
According to reports, Yasay rode a bicycle to class. She then reached the intersection of Dairy Road and Hutchison Drive where the crash happened. Bike Davis board member Jouke Peutz called the university out for an explanation about this accident.
A Google Streets view of this aforementioned intersection shows the designation of a bicycle lane.
As stated in CBS Sacramento, UC Davis students honored Yasay by holding a memorial at the crash site on Thursday.
UC Davis student Sophia Gomez also shared with CBS Sacramento that the intersection is generally dangerous for cyclists due to lack of space. She said, “I mean this isn’t just some place, I mean this is Dairy Road and Hutchison… I mean, I cross here every day. Everyone does.”
Tris Yasay cycled to class when she got hit by a garbage truck at the Dairy Road and Hutchison Drive intersection.
She continued, “everyone gets a little anxiety. I get a little anxiety crossing here all the time because you just don’t know who’s coming through and who’s going to respect I guess the unspoken courtesy of this particular crosswalk.”
Peutz said that a Ghost Bike Memorial will be erected to honor Yasay. He said, “We just don’t want this whole situation to go forgotten… Because we don’t want this to go unnoticed, right? This is one of our students.”
Yasay was remembered to be a very energetic and enthusiastic student at the UC Davis Department of Plant and Sciences. Armed with her passion and fascination about how plants can help improve people’s lives, Yasay was one of the few students who endeavored into plant sciences. According to a very thoughtful article written by the UC Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, her advisor, Prof. Dan Potter described Yasay as a “bright, promising student dedicated to making the world a better place through research and outreach… She had just submitted a plan for her own area of specialization within the plant sciences major,” Potter said. “It was really thoughtful, and I was happy to approve it.”
UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May pens a message of condolence here.
Other UC Davis students also aim to put up a permanent memorial at the intersection for Yasay. She was a freshman majoring in sustainable agriculture. Also, she was set to complete her freshman year in just a few weeks.
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More About Garbage Truck Accident Liability
Garbage trucks can become very risky for pedestrians and bicyclists because of their blind spots and extreme weight. They usually run at low to moderate speeds because of the nature of their function. However, they can jerk and make sudden movements. One honest mistake can cause catastrophic injuries or even death. Although, most garbage truck accidents are usually preventable. Common causes of garbage truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Obscured view of the roadway
- Blind spots
- Compromised safety due to rushed work completion
In some cases, the driver might not be the only one at fault. Liability can extend to municipal agencies, private corporations, or even the government. This greatly depends on the circumstances of the accident. If negligence contributed to the accident, the victim’s immediate family members can pursue liable parties for compensation based on the accident’s details.
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In this case, the family members of Tris Yasay can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition to that, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
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Certainly, nothing can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, it’s also important to get your rightful compensation to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby & Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Davis, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like to get professional advice about your case, give us a call today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Tris Yasay.
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