San Jose, CA (February 4, 2021) – Police have released further details after a pickup truck driver hit and killed a bicyclist in downtown San Jose early Sunday morning.
Authorities say that the fatal collision was reported around 4:30 a.m. on South First Street, located south of Reed Street. According to a report released by the San Jose Police Department, the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was driving the wrong way on southbound First Street and hit a man riding a bicycle. The driver then left the scene and continued to travel north.
The victim, identified by the coroner’s office as 36-year-old Jose Francisco Gastelum, died at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Jose Francisco Gastelum.
Fatal Bicycle Accidents in California
According to data released by the California Department of Transportation, deadly bike injuries are on the rise throughout the state. In fact, more than 60% of fatal bicycle crashes were caused by distracted drivers hitting cyclists, even when riders used bike lanes or the sidewalk to observe traffic regulations. Furthermore, cyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury or death after a bike crash. Due to the fact that bicyclists do not have the protection of passenger vehicles, riders may be subject to more severe consequences as a result of an accident.
These serious bike accidents causing injuries or even fatalities are an unfortunately common part of life in California, particularly in busy metro locations like the Bay Area. When multiple victims are injured in an accident, they may have to deal with other drivers’ insurance companies, long-term physical pain, and expensive hospital bills. Occasionally, as a result of these incidents, victims succumb to their injuries, leaving their grieving families to cope with emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result of another driver’s negligence.
But the victims and their families affected by these wrecks can seek help from a California wrongful death attorney. A skilled attorney in California can help victims seek justice and the fair compensation they deserve after suffering in an accident that occurred through no fault of their own.
Gene Halavanau at Halavanau Law Office strives to help victims and their families in their time of need. At Halavanau Law Office in San Francisco, our team can help you collect the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and losses. Victims and their families should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars of their own money on medical treatment, especially if their injuries resulted from an accident caused by the careless, reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of another party.
Our team at Halavanau will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case. We have years of experience when it comes to fighting for victims and their families. If you’ve been involved in a crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver, contact our accident attorneys in San Francisco today at (415) 692-5301 to schedule your consultation.
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