According to San Francisco News, a woman was killed in a fatal bicycle
accident while riding through a South Bay neighborhood. The rider was
struck by a pick-up truck near the intersection of Dusenberg Drive and
Chynoweth Avenue in San Jose. This accident marks the fourth fatal accident
in San Jose for the year. A representative for the Silicon Valley Bicycle
Coalition notes that with the increase in people riding bikes for transportation,
there has been a corresponding increase in fatalities. Further, the design
of San Jose’s roadways is geared toward cars – with wide,
multi-lane high speed streets.
A recent story by National Public Radio echoes this sentiment, noting that
as more and more people are biking to work, hospital admissions as the
result of bike injuries has more than doubled in recent years across the
country. A study performed at University of California found that the
greatest rise in accidents was with bikers over the age of 45. When someone
in their 50s or 60s gets into a bike accident, the likelihood of an injury
is greater than for a 25-year-old.
Some tips to avoid injuries from bicycle accident includes paying attention
to basic bike safety rules. This means doing such things as wearing a
helmet, driving/biking defensively, wearing reflective gear and having
lights for night riding. Car drivers also need to be more aware of bikers
and understand that they must learn to share the road.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle
accident, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.