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Roadway Deaths in San Jose Hit 20-Year High

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

A transient man lingered in a California hospital for over three months before perishing from injuries received when he was hit by a car in a crosswalk. Because his accident occurred late in December 2015, his death was counted as a roadway death for that year and brought the total up to 60 fatalities in San Jose. This figure represents the highest death count for the city in at least 20 years.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the victim as a 59-year-old male. The police department reported that his accident occurred when he entered a crosswalk on McKee Road at about 5:30 p.m. Then, a 2015 Ford Focus heading north on Jackson Avenue hit the pedestrian. Police said the vehicle was only driving at about 15 mph, but it knocked the man to the ground and caused critical injuries.

Emergency personnel took the victim to a hospital, but he never recovered. Authorities have not yet closed the investigation into the man's death.

Even in a low-speed collision, a pedestrian can experience severe injuries such as head trauma and spinal injuries. Someone hit in a crosswalk might have sufficient cause to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. An attorney could help the person evaluate the evidence and determine if the driver might be held responsible for negligent actions behind the wheel. An independent investigator capable of accident reconstruction might be brought in by the attorney to provide testimony to add weight to the case. Damages sought by such a legal action could include medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, lost income and retrofits to a home to accommodate a disability.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "San Jose: Authorities ID Man Who Died This Week From Injuries Suffered in Dec. 15 Crash", Jason Green, March 26, 2016