Pedestrians and bicyclists have seen a spike in fatal accidents in the San Jose area, according to 2013 data from local police. The city has seen 25 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths out of a total count of 40 fatalities resulting from an auto accident. A representative with the San Jose police department issued a number of warnings following a teen cyclist’s death on Dec. 3.
The car and bicycle accident occurred near the intersection of Branham Lane and Vista Park Drive sometime before the first report came in at 6:54 p.m. The cyclist was a 17-year-old male, and no identifying information about the driver was made available in the report. The teen suffered unspecified injuries and was transported for medical care, but he later died. The identity of the teen and exact time of his death were not reported. Police issued a request for witnesses or information following the bicycle accident. The driver reportedly offered full cooperation, and no criminal charges were issued at the time.
Police warnings targeted motorists and all others using the roadways. Drivers were advised to use more caution around areas with a higher density of foot and bicycle traffic. Cyclists were warned to obey posted traffic signs, and pedestrians were likewise told to use marked intersections and be aware of whether drivers see them.
A distracted or negligent motorist can cause irrevocable damage to an individual or entire family. Victims may face the pain and suffering associated with catastrophic injuries, temporary or permanent disability and reconstructive surgery. Medical bills and lost wages can add financial hardship to the hurdles they face as well. Unfortunately, many people will find it difficult to be strong self advocates and skeptical detectives during the emotional and physical turmoil. Regardless of criminal charges or findings of fault, victims and their families may be able to receive assistance from a personal injury attorney experienced with motor vehicle accident claims.
Source: CBS SF Bay Area, “Teen Cyclist Killed In San Jose Crash,” Dec. 4, 2013