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Woman Killed in San Jose Bike Crash

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I am saddened to report yet another fatal bicycle crash in the Bay Area, this time in San Jose, when a woman was killed while riding her bike next to a popular park. The crash occurred around 8:00am, the morning of December 14, and this lady was hit by a white, full size, Chevy pickup truck. She died at the scene, and our condolences go out to the family of this stricken rider.


“This is a very quiet neighborhood. There is a walking path that is dedicated right next to, adjacent to the street and however, this was a bicyclist.” said San Jose police Lt. Tom Sims


The driver was apparently headed to work, and stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. Although the sun was facing the driver, police have not commented on whether this was a factor in the crash. One neighbor interviewed mentioned that he had complained about speeding drivers and requested crosswalks in the area. However, bicyclists are not supposed to ride in the crosswalk.


“It’s sadness that something you hope for wouldn’t happen, has finally happened” said Manuel Perez, local resident.


Police are calling it a tragic accident.


Tragic, yes. But an accident? Too early to tell. This year in San Jose alone there have been more traffic fatalities than homicides. Think about that for a bit. More people have died from cars than from any other kind of violence, and the sad thing is, almost all of these crashes are preventable. Defensive driving, following posted signage and traffic rules, taking that extra second to check and make sure the coast is clear before you make a turn, the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Next time you get behind the wheel, take that extra second, and be sure you and everyone around you is safe. The life you save may be your own.

One bit of advice I have for the family of this rider who was killed in San Jose is that they should look closely at their own automobile policy and that of the slain rider. Often it is our own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy that ends up paying the damages, where the offending driver’s policy is inadequate. Also, look at the medical payments coverage for the decedent’s own auto policy and call a San Jose bicycle accident attorney who knows about wrongful death and the insurance benefits that may be available.


unnamedHello, I’m Claude Wyle, a San Francisco bicycle fatality attorney. Have an idea for a topic you’d like to see covered here? Feel free to contact me or visit www.ccwlawyers.com