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  • Oakland Bicyclist Receives Settlement from City

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 24-Mar-2014

    The Oakland City Council agreed to a $3.25 million settlement with a 35-year-old Oakland woman who crashed while bicycling downhill on Mountain Boulevard between Ascot Drive and the Highway 13 onramp on Aug. 7, 2011. According to a news report in the San Jose Mercury News, the bicyclist suffered severe injuries to her face, head, jaw, and teeth. The article also states that the city failed for ...
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  • Watsonville Bicyclist Left With Life-Threatening Injuries After Collision with Van

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 2-Oct-2013

    According to a report by Santa Cruz Sentinel, an intersection crash involving two vans left a 32-year-old male cyclist with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on the afternoon of September 30. A female driver of one of the vans was heading west on East Lake Avenue towards Blackburn Street. As she was passing through the intersection, a male driver of a utility van drove through a ...
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  • Protect Yourself from Bicycle Accidents: Always Ride on the Right

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 17-Jun-2013

    Bicyclists in California may use the public streets the same way cars do, as long as they follow all the rules of the road – including the rule to travel on the right side of the road. Riding on the right is not only the law, but it is also the safe way to ride. When you ride on the left, an accident is more likely to occur and can result in serious injuries. While a San Jose bicycle ...
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  • Visibility and Bicycle Accidents in Northern California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Apr-2012

    Bicycle crashes can result in serious injuries and even death for bicyclists, but the likelihood of such trauma is even more likely to occur when the accident involves a collision with a vehicle. Often, these crashes occur due to drivers not noticing nearby bicyclists, with such collisions happening at high rates of speed and drivers often not stopping at all prior to a crash. Bicycles are much ...
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  • Stay Safe During Winter Bicycling In Northern California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Dec-2011

    For many, bicycling is a passion that does not stop when the weather turns bad. However, winter in Northern California is a time when bicyclists face challenges that they would not normally encounter during the rest of the year. In order to stay safe and avoid dangerous accidents, bicyclists should follow these tips from during the cold weather months: Adjust riding for icy ...
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  • 12-year-old Injured In San Jose Bicycle Accident

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Jul-2011

    A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured in a San Jose bicycle accident recently in the residential Willow Glen district, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Though the boy sustained serious injuries in the accident, he is expected to survive. The bicycle accident occurred on the 1500 block of Hicks, which is a residential zone with a speed limit of 25 mph, when the southbound driver of a 2010 ...
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  • Practice San Jose Bicycle Safety For National Bike Safety Month

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 3-May-2011

    As summer approaches, more and more people will be dusting off their bicycles to enjoy one of the most pleasant warm weather activities: bicycling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA) have teamed up to launch their bike safety month campaign, “Roll Model,” which reminds adults to set positive examples to encourage the ...
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  • Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents In Santa Cruz

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Feb-2011

    Many people use bicycles as their mode of transportation. Many people choose to ride bicycles instead of passenger cars, for health or environmental reasons. However, with more and more bikes on the road, the risk of being involved in a Northern California bicycle accident increases as well. There are still many motorists who don’t safely share the road like they are supposed to and can ...
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  • Santa Clara to Pay Settlement for Fatal Bike Accident

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 23-Dec-2009

    A California bike accident that consisted of three deaths, and has already resulted in millions of dollars being paid out to the victims’ families, has again resulted in monetary compensation awarded to the family of one of the victims. That is, the Associated Press reports that the father of the 30-year-old female victim of the accident will receive $800,000 in compensatory damages from ...
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  • Reckless Act Results in Rollover, Injury and Loss of Life

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Nov-2009

    According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a reckless driving act known as a “sideshow” has resulted in the deaths of three young adults and injured three others. Reportedly, a total of five people were in the Nissan Altima that veered into oncoming traffic, struck a parked vehicle, and overturned onto the sidewalk before coming to a stop. Three of the five, a 22-year-old, 19-year-old, ...
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  • Families of Bike Accident Victims Collect Settlement from Santa Clara County

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Nov-2009

    An article in San Jose’s Mercury News talks about the $1.2 million settlement that the family of a killed bicyclist received from Santa Clara County. The male bicyclist was killed in an accident involving a police patrol car that was being driven by a sheriff’s deputy that fell asleep at the wheel while driving. The deputy also hit two other male bicyclists during the Cupertino ...
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  • Car Strikes and Kills John Doe Bicyclist

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 7-Oct-2009

    The Mercury News recently ran an article discussing the search for the family of a 67-year-old bicyclist that was struck and killed in Watsonville. Police believe the male victim to be a transient, and are still attempting to identify him so that next-of-kin can be notified of his accident. The bicyclist reportedly veered in front of the white Mercedes automobile that struck him, was airlifted to ...
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