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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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pedestrian accidents, San Jose personal injury attorneys, traffic accidents, motor vehicle accidents, distracted drivingWalking is often recommended by doctors and healthy living aficionados as an excellent way to get exercise and to reduce stress. San Jose provides a temperate climate, with plenty of trails and pathways throughout the city’s neighborhoods to enjoy, but it is important to be aware of the potential dangers.

In accidents involving motor vehicles, pedestrians are at a high risk for serious and potentially fatal personal injuries. Unfortunately, these accidents impact dozens of people in our area each year. The following highlights who is most at risk, and what San Jose is doing to address the problem.

Risks Factors for Pedestrian Accidents

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San Jose motor vehicle accident attorneys, pedestrian accidents, motor vehicle accidents, traffic fatalities, pedestrian safetyTo reduce the city’s high pedestrian fatality rate, San Jose sponsors workshops throughout the area to get citizen feedback. In these workshops, neighborhood residents often take to the streets, with an eye towards identifying conditions that make motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians more likely. While road studies and crash reports provide quantitative data, San Jose hopes getting a more personal look at problem areas will help to target changes that need to be made.

Pedestrian Accidents In San Jose

Statistics from the San Jose Police Department show a high rate of motor vehicle related pedestrian accidents. Overall, traffic fatalities have more than doubled since 2010. Moreover, of the reported 60 traffic deaths that occurred in 2015, close to half involved pedestrians.

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, spinal cord injury, pedestrian accidents, paraplegia, car accident injuriesWhen accidental injuries occur, those involving the spinal cord are among the most severe. Spinal cord injuries can be life-threatening, and recovery often means dealing with catastrophic impairments. If you or someone you care about has suffered this type of life changing injury, understanding the impacts and the effect they can have, both now and in the years to come, is essential for your recovery. 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries can occur as the result of car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents as well as due to slips or falls. The Mayo Clinic advises that damage to any portion of the spinal column or nerves can result in permanent changes in sensation, strength, and ability in the areas of the body below where the injury occurred.

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