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Teenage Girl Killed in Bicycle Accident at Bernal Road and Highway 101 in San Jose

15-Year-Old Girl Dies after San Jose Bicycle Crash at Bernal Road and Highway 101

San Jose, California (March 27, 2020) – A 15-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries after being involved in a bicycle collision in the area of Bernal Road and Highway 101 in San Jose last week Friday, according to a local news report.

As per the report, the girl was riding her bicycle across Bernal Road on a red light when an eastbound 1999 Toyota 4Runner struck her at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 20.

The teenager suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. On Tuesday, March 24, her condition deteriorated and succumbed to her injuries. Her name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 A 38-year-old man, who was driving the vehicle, stopped at the scene and cooperated with the police.

Authorities believed drugs played a role in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Witnesses are asked to call Detective Brian McMahon at 277-4654.

“Far too many bicycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  4. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.  

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.
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