Most of our San Jose readers would probably expect a pedestrian who is struck by an automobile to suffer a catastrophic or serious injury. After all, a pedestrian has next to nothing in the way of protection should this type of collision occur. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened recently, when a 2010 Toyota struck a 17-year-old boy near Highway 101.
According to the reports, the accident occurred at about 7:00 a.m. on January 9. The boy was reportedly crossing the road near an onramp to Highway 101 when he was struck by the Toyota, which was being driven by a 21-year-old man from Santa Clara. The 17-year-old boy was said to have suffered serious injuries, and he was quickly transported to a San Jose medical center for treatment.
There were no indications in the initial reports as to how this pedestrian accident occurred. Because it was early in the morning the relative darkness at the time could have played a role, or the weather conditions could have contributed. There was also some speculation that the 17-year-old boy may not have been precisely within the lines of a nearby crosswalk. But, although not conclusively ruled out, it appears that alcohol or drug use was not a contributing factor. The 21-year-old driver of the Toyota remained and the scene after the accident and it appears that he was cooperative with the authorities who began the accident investigation.
Pedestrian accidents like this are often fatal, so if the 17-year-old boy survives his injuries that alone would be a great relief. However, lawsuits can be part of the aftermath of these types of accidents, especially if the accident investigation determines that the driver was to blame. If a lawsuit does result, it will be yet another part of the pedestrian's recovery from his injuries.
Source: Inside Bay Area, "Sunnyvale: Boy severely injured when hit near Highway 101 interchange," Eric Kurhi, Jan. 9, 2014
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