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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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CA injury lawyerThe federal government recently awarded the California Highway Patrol a grant meant to support increased law enforcement and education efforts aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the state. Considering the fact that Santa Clara County ranks highest for the overall number of bicycle collisions, it stands to reason that a portion of that money will likely end up being used to benefit local programs currently in place.

Increased Enforcement and Education Efforts Focus on Pedestrian and Bike Safety

A program developed by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was selected to receive more than $1 million in federal grant funds to support efforts at preventing pedestrian and bicycle accidents on roads throughout the state. The program is currently funded through both state and national agencies, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Traffic Safety. The additional money will be used in counties throughout California to help address the issues behind the more than 26,000 pedestrian and cyclists injuries that occur each year.

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bike accidents, bicycle accident injuries, San Jose bicycle accident attorney, bicycle safety tips, prevent bike accidentsBicycling is a popular hobby in and around San Jose, in addition to being an environmentally friendly form of transportation. Unfortunately, even when a bike lane is in place, it can still be dangerous sharing the road with other motorists.

Bike accidents resulting from collisions with motor vehicles end up causing serious and potentially life threatening injuries. The following offers tips on how to protect yourself when traveling on two wheels.

Bicyclist Suffers Fatal Injuries After Being Struck by Driver

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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

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