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CA injury lawyerThe recent rash of motor vehicle accidents in San Jose involving pedestrians has gotten people talking about the problem and how to address it. Increased law enforcement efforts in apprehending reckless drivers and improvements to infrastructure designed to increase pedestrian safety are both viable safety options currently being implemented. However, some suggest that pedestrians themselves need to be more aware of the behaviors which put them at risk.

San Jose Pedestrian Accidents Continue Alarming Increase

For the past several years, there have been a steady number of pedestrian accidents in our area. The current years tally started on January 1, 2019, when an incident involving an SUV left the mayor of San Jose with multiple broken bones. One of the most recent pedestrian crashes occurred in late January, claiming the life of a local man who was a husband, father, volunteer firefighter, and Sunday school teacher. In 2018 there was a total of 24 pedestrian deaths, the highest number in three years.

San Jose city officials claim that part of the problem is a thinly stretched police force unable to crack down on reckless drivers, combined with high crash risk intersections and roadways in need of safety improvements. The city plans to address these issues over the next year as part of its Vision Zero plan, which aims at reducing the overall number of traffic accidents. While more sidewalks, increased lighting, and additional crosswalks will help, some are saying pedestrians need to be more aware of the types of behaviors which put them at risk.

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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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