Although San Jose has its share of pedestrians, it's not always the most walker-friendly. Many areas of the city are not designed for heavy foot traffic and car accidents involving pedestrians happen when drivers speed through intersections or fail to pay close attention to their surroundings. It only takes one failure to look for walkers or runners crossing the street for a serious crash to occur.
One such accident happened last month on San Jose's North Jackson Avenue. An 81-year-old woman was crossing the street in the early-morning hours of Sept. 12 when she was struck by a car. She died instantly from her injuries.
Although the driver of the Toyota Tercel that hit the woman stopped and cooperated with police, it's possible that the car was speeding at the time of the accident. Not helping matters is the fact that the accident happened on a busy stretch of road in an area with a high number of elderly residents. These residents usually aren't able to see or hear as well as other pedestrians, nor can they dodge vehicles as quickly should they come too close.
Children are also at risk of being hit by cars in San Jose, often because they aren't as diligent about looking out for traffic before crossing a street. In the same week that the elderly resident was killed, an 8-year-old riding a "pocket bike" died when his miniature electric motorcycle collided with a truck. He was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly thereafter.
Residents of the boy's neighborhood said the streets in the area lack adequate safety features -- including enough lighting and signage -- and that the often-speeding traffic is dangerous to the large number of children in the area.
When our most vulnerable residents fall victim to car accidents, their families may be able to find some solace and financial compensation in the form of a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. We may never be able to bring these loved ones back, but a successful case can ease the pain of a tragedy that could have been prevented by taking just a few extra safety precautions.
Source: Mercury News, "Authorities ID woman, 81, who was struck and killed Wednesday while crossing San Jose street," Eric Kurhi, Sept. 14, 2012
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