What is going on in San Jose? It would seem that San Jose pedestrians and bicycle riders have been under attack. In a 5 day span three deaths and two serious injuries occurred in San Jose. San Jose police recently issued a warning to drivers, after five separate accidents harming bicyclists and pedestrians. Is the recent daylight savings time change partially to blame? Is the commute suddenly darker and more dangerous?
One of the latest fatal accident occurred Wednesday night, November 9, 2011 when a 67-year-old woman died after being struck by a car near Regional Medical Center as she was walking in a crosswalk around 6:35 p.m.. Darkness or not, there is certainly no excuse for striking a pedestrian if she is visible and the driver should be made accountable.
Just ten minutes earlier, a 54-year-old San Jose man suffered critical injuries after being struck while walking on Tully Road.
Less than 15 minutes later, a 44-year-old San Jose bicyclist suffered serious injuries after he was struck by a car around 6:50 p.m.
The incidents come after an SUV fatally hit 58-year-old San Jose bicyclist Jingang Tan, who was riding across a West San Jose street at 6:00 p.m. on Monday November 7th, 2011.
Before that, Jessenia Camacho-Torres, who was 20 and lived in San Jose, was struck by two cars and killed while walking across a South San Jose street on Saturday night, the night of the time change.
Even worse is that this death marks the city’s 14th fatal vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collision of 2011.
As a Bay Area Bicycle Pedestrian Attorney, I urge all motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra care to remember their surroundings and to take into consideration that the recent time change may increase the risks of dangers on the road. Pedestrians who walk at night and bicyclists who ride after dark should always wear reflective equipment and or carry a flashlight or head and tail lamp, especially during these now darkened commute hours. If you are visible, you are avoidable. Please do your part to prevent pedestrian and bicycle injuries.
Claude Wyle is an aggressive advocate for Bay Area bicyclists and pedestrians. Claude has decades of experience representing those harmed by the wrongful conduct of others, and, as a San Francisco bicycle and pedestrian accident attorney, has fought to protect the rights of injured cyclists and pedestrians throughout his legal career. Claude is also an avid hiker and cyclist himself and member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and is a sponsor of Safe Routes to School.
Claude A. Wyle is a partner of Choulos Choulos, and Wyle, a San Francisco based law firm dedicated to representing clients who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations, public entities, and businesses. Mr. Wyle also frequently sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the city and county of San Francisco.