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San Jose, CA pedestrian accident defense lawyersSan Jose has experienced a rash of pedestrian accidents recently, all of which have citizens and law enforcement officials concerned. Motorists involved in these accidents may claim that the person stepped in front of their vehicle or that they did not see the pedestrian until it was too late to stop. These may be valid defenses, but guilt is often presumed in the court of public opinion and before the circumstances surrounding the case are fully revealed. In these situations, you need an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney on your side to help you avoid the potentially serious penalties you could be facing. 

Pedestrian Hit and Run Latest to Plague Bay Area

Another deadly pedestrian accident occurred in South San Jose in January. There were three other pedestrian fatalities that month, in addition to several other incidents which resulted in serious injuries. Unfortunately, in collisions with motor vehicles, the impact on pedestrians is often severe. In the South San Jose case, the driver who hit the victim slowed down but then fled the scene. 

Any time an accident occurs resulting in injuries or property damages, drivers are required to stop at the scene. Not doing so will result in criminal charges. Due to the combined efforts of law enforcement in gathering evidence and witness statements and in spreading the word among the general public and automotive repair shops, the driver is almost always apprehended. Under the California Vehicle Code, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries or death to another driver or a pedestrian is a felony offense which could result in an automatic jail sentence.  

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CA injury lawyerThe new year is off to a dangerous start for pedestrians in the San Jose area. It began with San Jose’s Mayor suffering serious personal injuries in a pedestrian accident that occurred on New Year’s Day. While he is expected to eventually make a full recovery, there have been three other incidents in the weeks since where the victims were not so fortunate. The most recent case involves a hit and run driver, which police are seeking the public’s help in identifying.

Fatal Hit and Run Accident in San Jose

A hit and run accident claimed the life of a San Jose woman just after midnight on January 24, 2019. Police state that the victim was walking in the area of E. Santa Clara Street and N. 10th Street, where she attempted to cross the road. She was reportedly struck by a white van, who immediately fled. Medics pronounced the woman died at the scene.

The San Jose Police Department reports that this is now the third fatal accident involving motor vehicles and pedestrians to have occurred since the new year. They are hoping members of the public may be able to help by identifying the driver or the vehicle involved.

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