A hit-and-run accident in South San Jose left a bicyclist dead. Authorities pronounced the victim dead upon their arrival at the scene, but it was not clear whether the impact killed the victim instantly.
Police are looking for the driver of a sedan. The sedan, which was missing its passenger side mirror, had been abandoned not far from the scene of the accident.
For the San Jose area, this marked 46 deaths on the area’s roads. Locally, it was the 6th death involving a bicyclist and the 9th deadly hit-and-run accident.
Nationally, however, bicyclists haven’t fared well in recent years when it comes to traffic safety. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of bicyclists killed in accidents while riding in urban areas increased by almost 50%.
While some attribute this to more people choosing to ride bicycles, certainly drivers of vehicles have an ongoing responsibility to protect bicyclists from injuries, especially since they are in a vulnerable position.
Hit-and-run accidents can present complicated legal situations
After a hit-and-run accident, the bicyclist or the family will probably be very eager for police to catch up with and arrest the responsible driver. However, too many hit-and-run cases go unresolved.
Furthermore, even if the police do solve the case, it may turn out that the driver had inadequate insurance and no other means to pay compensation.
Depending on the circumstances, the victim or the family may have to pursue a claim through the victim’s own insurance company in order to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income and other losses.
Insurance companies will frequently resist paying these types of claims, so it may be important for the victim to have the help of an experienced legal professional.