Severe Crashes Not Uncommon in Santa Clara County and San Jose

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During our last post we wrote about electronic driving aids that are supposed to warn drivers about impending collisions. While those systems will help more drivers in the future as more vehicles become outfitted with technology, many drivers lack the assistance of electronic driving aids. Three recent crashes in Santa Clara County show how drivers face the risk of car accidents everyday and why additional technology in our vehicles is helpful.

Last week, two lanes of Highway 17 were shutdown for two hours when a 10-car pileup occurred north of Redwood Estates Road in Los Gatos. A report of an accident involving four to five cars was initially reported to police around 10 a.m. The crash was reported north of Summit Road and fortunately no injuries were reported. The area north of Madrone Drive is known to be a dangerous portion of the highway, and motorists should travel with care in that area.

Tragically, last week's Independence Day also did not go without an accident. Just before 2 p.m. on July 4, a driver in his late 20s or early 30s was seen weaving on northbound Route 87 near Taylor Street in San Jose. According to NBC Bay Area, the driver hit the guardrail and flipped his truck. The man died from his injuries the same day, and it is not clear if drugs or alcohol were a factor. Fortunately, no other drivers or passengers were injured.

Last month, according to the Mercury News, a 28-year-old woman was killed when her car became pinned between an 18-wheeler and a highway sound wall. The woman was driving southbound on Interstate 880 north of the Great Mall Parkway when she, according to police, went into the right shoulder of the road and hit the back of a semi.

Too often drivers veer outside of their lanes. A personal injury attorney can help a victim of a crash or family members ascertain responsibility and provide guidance through the legal process.

Source: Campbell Patch, "Updated: Northbound Hwy 17 Lanes Open After 10-Car Pileup," Sheila Sanchez, July 5, 2012

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