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Road Improvements Slated to Help Prevent Bicycle Accidents in San Jose

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bicycle accidents,  San Jose bicycle accident attorney, prevent bicycle accidents, San Jose road improvements, bicycle accident injuriesBiking is a healthy, cost effective, and environmentally sound way to get to and from work. Yet residents in San Jose and throughout Santa Clara County have been reluctant to embrace biking in large numbers.

Part of what prevents many from choosing two wheels for their commute is the potential for bicycle accidents and injuries to occur. Current traffic and road conditions throughout the city make this a realistic concern; however, efforts are underway to address and improve the situation.

Bike Accidents in San Jose

Bicycle accidents in San Jose are unfortunately common—the latest of which involved a 26-year-old cyclist who was hit by a VTA train. SFGate reports that the accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 31, 2017, as the cyclist was riding through the intersection of Race Street and Parkmoor Avenue. The cyclist was struck by a light rail transit train on the Winchester-Mountain View lane, and died as the result of his injuries.

According to bicycle transportation and safety reports from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD), more than 50 percent of all bike accident injuries and fatalities in our area are the result of collisions with motor vehicles. Common causes include:

  • Cars driving the wrong way on one-way streets;
  • Motorists who fail to yield right of way;
  • Improper turning and failing to signal before making turns;
  • Ignoring posted traffic signs and signals.

Reckless driving behaviors that contribute to these accidents include speeding, drunk driving, or being distracted behind the wheel.

Plans to Improve Bike Safety in San Jose

The Silicone Valley Cycling Association (SVCA) states that San Jose is making strides in improving safety for area cyclists, and installed 26 miles of new bike paths in 2016, with as many as 81 new miles scheduled for 2017. Hopefully this will help encourage people in choosing bicycling for their commute.

To date, less than 2 percent of commuters in San Jose rely on bikes to get to work or school, with most citing the high potential for bicycle accidents, such as the one involving the VTA, as their primary concern.

The SVCA is working with city officials to encourage the use of protected pathways to increase local bike ridership confidence. Protected pathways are provided on streets, the same way as traditional bike paths, but use a protective barrier such as a raised curb or planter to physically separate traffic from bicyclists. In other areas, these barriers have been shown to increase the number of bicyclists, while reducing the number of bicycling accidents that occur.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Contact Jachimowicz Law Group right away if you or someone you care about is involved in a bicycle accident. Serious and potentially life threatening injuries can result from these collisions, which could impact your health and wellbeing now and for many years to come.

Call or contact our office online and request a consultation with our experienced San Jose bicycle accident attorney to discuss the types of compensation to which you may be entitled.

Sources:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cyclist-killed-in-San-Jose-Saturday-identified-11719218.php

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/sccphd/en-us/Partners/Data/Documents/Bicycle%20Transport%20and%20Safety%20Final%202015.pdf

https://bikesiliconvalley.org/2017/07/growing-enthusiasm-protected-bike-lanes-san-jose/

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