San Jose Pedestrian Accident Risks

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The expansion of bicycle lanes in downtown San Jose last year should have reduced the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks in the city.

The expansion of bicycle lanes in downtown San Jose last year should have reduced the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists on sidewalks in the city.  Unfortunately, pedestrian accident lawyers have not found this to be the case.  According to many pedestrians who use the sidewalks, bicyclists continue to use the sidewalks, often colliding with pedestrians.

Last summer, the city of San Jose invested heavily in the installation of 8 miles of bike lanes to accommodate an ever-increasing number of bicyclists in the city.  The expansion came after a number of complaints about bicyclists using the city’s sidewalks, and colliding with pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not recommend that bicyclists use sidewalks, saying that sidewalks are best used by children, and bicyclists must use the streets.  The best place for bicyclists to bike is on the main streets with motorists, with bicyclists following all the same laws as motorists do, and bicycling in the same direction as regular traffic.  Bicycling on a sidewalk is actually not recommended, for obvious reasons.

Unfortunately, many bicyclists in San Jose do not seem to have gotten that message.  In spite of the expansion of bicycle lanes in many areas, these bicyclists continue to ride on the sidewalk.  There has been a rising number of pedestrian complains about collisions with bicyclists using the sidewalk, in spite of the existence of bicycle lanes.

Bicyclists insist that the reason for this practice by many bicyclists is that the bicycle lane infrastructure in the city is not complete.  A bicyclist riding down the street in a bike lane often finds that the next street does not have a bike lane.  In order to deal with this problem, many bicyclists are simply using sidewalks.  The expansion of the bike network to cover the entire city however will take several years.

 

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 200 W Santa Ana Blvd #630, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 550-6000

WHO Releases Pedestrian Safety Manual

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Concerned at a global increase in the number of pedestrians being killed in accidents, the World Health Organization has released a special pedestrian safety manual that is dedicated to pedestrian safety.

Concerned at a global increase in the number of pedestrians being killed in accidents, the World Health Organization has released a special pedestrian safety manual that is dedicated to pedestrian safety.  The manual, Pedestrian Safety: a Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners is focused on educating engineers, policy makers and authorities about how they can help reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 270,000 pedestrian accident fatalities across the world every year.  Those fatalities are caused when people are walking on their way to work, to a place of leisure, to school, to the playground or places of worship.  Most of these accidents are entirely preventable.  Across the world, pedestrians account for approximately 22% of all road accident fatalities.  In this country, pedestrians account for approximately 14% of all traffic accident fatalities.

The World Health Organization report warns against assuming that the risk of being seriously or fatally injured in an accident is one that comes with the freedom to work anywhere.  These accidents are not inevitable, and are actually preventable in most cases.

There is enough information that pedestrian accident lawyers have about the most serious risks facing pedestrians, including motorist behavior, motives negligence of pedestrian rights, and motorist speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and distracted driving.   There are also other factors that also affect a pedestrian’s risk of being involved in an accident, like better road engineering and road design. Across the world, especially in metropolitan cities, road design tends to focus less on helping keep pedestrians safer, and more on helping motorists drive faster.

The World Health Organization report also focuses on critical automobile design that can help reduce the risk of serious injuries to a pedestrian when he strikes the front of the car.

 

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Millbrae Road Continues to Be Pedestrian Accident Magnet

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A stretch of road in Millbrae, San Mateo County has been the scene of several accidents that pedestrian accident lawyers have linked to defective road design.

A stretch of road in Millbrae, San Mateo County has been the scene of several accidents that pedestrian accident lawyers have linked to defective road design.  In spite of this fact, the California Department of Transportation has failed to take any measures to fix the road.

The stretch of El Camino Real in Millbrae was the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in 2006, which left a teenager seriously injured.  The girl was crossing the road on a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a Toyota.  She suffered severe brain injuries, and was left in a coma.

Her family filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation, claiming that there was a defect in the road design, specifically the absence of a traffic light at the crosswalk, which caused the accident and injuries.

In 2010, the California Department of Transportation was ordered to pay the family of the girl $8 million in compensation for her injuries.  The jury found that the California Department of Transportation had been clearly aware that crosswalks that do not have traffic signals are potentially dangerous for pedestrians, but had taken no action to correct the situation.

Even after that judgment against the California Department Of Transportation, the agency has not been any hurry to correct the situation.  The stretch of road where the 17-year-old girl was seriously injured continues to be without traffic lights.  There have been no efforts made to improve that crossing at all.

There are other crosswalks in Millbrae that have similar pedestrian safety defects.  These crosswalks also do not have traffic lights, and there have been serious pedestrian accidents here too.  Since the accident that injured the 17-year-old girl, there have been other accidents which injured at least 11 pedestrians.  Still, Cal-trans fails to act.

 

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1055 W 7th St #3333
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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