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Fatal Bike Accident Leaves One Dead, One Injured in San Jose

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

CA accident lawyerThere is an abundance of cycling groups in San Jose and the surrounding Bay area, as well as numerous events that draw cyclists from other places. Unfortunately, despite road improvements, additional bike lanes, and aggressive public awareness campaigns, motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists are increasingly common. In light of a recent fatal cycling accident, we want you to be aware of the problem and your rights if this type of accident occurs.

Fatal Cycling Accident in San Jose

We recently reported on the large number of children injured in bike accidents throughout the Bay Area and provided details on ways parents could help keep young riders safe. Adult cyclists are also at risk and need to be aware of the potential dangers as well. Even experienced cyclists can find themselves caught up in collisions involving motor vehicles. When these accidents do occur, the injuries you suffer can be severe.

A recent cycling accident in San Jose is a prime example. The crash left one cyclist dead and the other with potentially life-threatening injuries. The collision occurred July 15, 2019, near Vista Park Drive and Capitol Expressway. Police report that the accident involved an SUV, which struck two men while they were riding their bikes. One was pronounced dead by emergency responders while the other was transported to a local hospital. The SUV driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation. At this time, there is nothing to indicate alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

Protecting Yourself Against Cycling Accidents and Injuries

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorists who drive under the influence are one of the leading causes of cycling accidents. However, there are other dangerous driving behaviors which can put cyclists at risk as well. These include:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions
  • Running stop signs and disregarding other traffic signals
  • Pulling out in front of cyclists in traffic
  • Failing to look and see bicyclists at intersections or when making turns
  • Driving distracted, which causes you to take your eyes off the road
  • Drowsy driving, which involves being excessively fatigued or falling asleep behind the wheel

When cycling accidents occur as a result of negligent or reckless conduct on the part of the driver, they can be held responsible for their actions in a personal injury claim. When a crash involves serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs you incur. When a cycling accident proves fatal, filing a claim can provide a sense of justice and ensures the victim’s family gets the compensation they need to rebuild their lives.

Contact Our San Jose Attorneys Today

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we defend the rights of cyclists and their family members when accidents occur. To discuss your case and how we can help, call 408-246-5500 or reach out to our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys online to request a consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://abc7news.com/1-killed-1-injured-after-suv-crashes-into-bicyclists-in-san-jose/5397002/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety

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