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12-year-old Injured In San Jose Bicycle Accident

12-year-old Injured In San Jose Bicycle Accident

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 Buick Enclave struck the bicyclist, who was traveling north. Police have not disclosed which side of the street the crash took place.

Although Hicks is a residential street, many of its residents complain that drivers use it as a thoroughfare to bypass traffic on Lincoln and Meridian avenues and violate the posted speed limit as they do so. One resident says that she and her husband have both been passed on the street while maintaining the posted speed limit. The high traffic and speeding on Hicks has been a long-standing issue.

In May 2002, San Jose attempted to address the high traffic on Hicks by prohibiting left turns from Minnesota Avenue onto Hicks between 3 and 7 p.m. However this restriction was not followed. In an effort to enforce the restriction and decrease traffic on the street, police officers began ticketing drivers. By the end of 2002, the city took the sign down. Speed bumps may be the next solution.

Speeding is highly dangerous, especially on residential streets where kids are riding their skateboards and bicycles. At Caputo & Van Der Walde, our experienced San Jose bicycle accident lawyers have years of experience helping injured clients seek compensation from speeding and negligent drivers. To learn more about how we may help you, contact us today for a consultation at (800) 900-0863.