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CA injury lawyerBicycling is a popular hobby throughout the San Jose area both as a way of having fun and staying physically fit. In recent years, it has also been increasingly embraced as a low cost and environmentally friendly way to get to and from work or school and to run errands. However, the more bicyclists on the road means the greater likelihood for potentially serious bicycle accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, the mayor of San Jose was the latest victim of one of these collisions in a crash which occurred New Year’s Day.

Mayor Suffers Injuries in New Year’s Day Bike Accident

San Jose’s mayor is an avid cyclist and a firm supporter of local bicycling awareness activities such as the annual "Bike to Work Day" which occurs each May. It was nothing unusual for him to be out and about on January 1, 2019, riding through city neighborhoods in celebration of the New Year. Unfortunately, it was during this ride and about three miles northeast of downtown when the mayor was struck by another motorist. He was immediately taken to Regional Medical Center in San Jose, where he was diagnosed with fractures to his sternum and two vertebrae.

The mayor emerged from the hospital the next day after being released at 5:00 p.m. sporting a back brace but able to walk across the Medical Center grounds and address reporters. He thanked witnesses at the scene, first responders, and hospital staff for playing a role in his care and safety. While he is likely to require several months of physical therapy in order to recover from his injuries, he vowed to be back working in his office at City Hall by the following week.

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CA injury lawyerSan Jose encourages bicycles as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly form of transportation, which can help keep traffic congestion under control. While the city is showing its support by budgeting funds for on and off-street bike networks and pathways, there is still the need for public awareness in the community regarding the rights of bicyclists. A recent fatal mass transit accident  involving a commuter bus highlights this need while serving as a warning regarding the potential dangers all cyclists face in interactions with other road users.

Failure to Yield Results in Bicyclist Fatality

A Morgan Hill bicyclist was fatally injured in late October 2018 by a commuter bus carrying passengers on Bunker Hill Lane, near the Great American amusement park. It was reported that the cyclist was struck and killed when the bus driver made a turn but failed to yield the right of way, which by law he was legally obligated to do.

Owned by El Paseo Limousine, the bus runs a free commuter line, shuttling employees for various businesses through the Altamont Corridor. The accident occurred during the evening rush hour, just before 5:30 p.m. Officials say the driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with the officers in the investigation. Other than not following the yield requirement, he is not suspected of violating any other traffic laws or being under the influence.

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