In the comment section of our piece detailing the video from Tuesday’s Muni accident involving a truck and a 19 Polk, commenter Wai Yip Tung says

I have done a frame by frame analysis on the collision video…It clearly shows that the bus has the right of way and the truck is at fault.

Most articles characterize this as both driver has ran stop sign, implying they were equally at fault. I think this is very misleading. A fair reporting should unambiguously call out the truck has caused this accident.

This is an interesting point! I don’t think anyone out there who’s watched the video disputes the fact that the truck seems to have barreled through the stop at quite a rate!

But the bus also did not stop (even the SF MTA admits this), which is not cool, right? If the bus had stopped, could this accident have been avoided?

The CA DMV says that drivers should “Yield to vehicles already in the intersection or just entering it. Also, yield to the car which arrives first or to the car on your right if it reaches the intersection at the same time as you do.”

So what do you think? Should those of us who are covering this accident be calling out the driver of the truck more aggressively?

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