Many individuals throughout the nation count the days until September rolls around and their favorite professional football team opens its season. While most people watch the games on televisions, others obtain tickets to view the game in person. There they cheer their team on, hopefully, to victory with others in the crowd.
Sadly, what was likely intended to be a fun day turned tragic for one football fan attending the 49ers first game of the season. The 32-year-old man died as a result of injuries he suffered when he fell from an overpass for pedestrians near Candlestick Park. The walkway was designed to keep those going to the game from having to interact with car traffic.
Though it is not clear what the man was doing just prior to the incident, law enforcement indicates that the death was due to an accident. It is possible that alcohol could have played a role in the matter.
Even if the man who died was intoxicated it is possible that loved ones of the man could pursue a civil wrongful death claim. This could be possible if the walkway was designed in an unsafe manner. Should this be the case, the risk will not exist for much longer. This is the last year the 49ers will play at Candlestick Park and the facility will be torn down at the end of the season.
Whether a civil lawsuit will be filed remains to be seen. This type of legal action may result in an outcome that is financially beneficial to those left behind. In addition, it could provide the closure needed to move forward with life.
Source: CBS 5, “Fatal Fall Outside 49ers Game Likely Accidental; Victim Identified,” Sept. 9, 2013