Bicycling can provide a sense of freedom to people of all ages. For the young, bikes expand the world, affording their rider a sense of independence. For adults, riding evokes that feeling and also provides freedom from the expenses and hassles associated with driving, especially in urban areas. Sadly, this freedom is sharply limited by the reality of bicycle fatalities. Our San Jose bicycle accident law firm was saddened to learn of two deadly bicycle accidents separated by only three days and a seven mile stretch of road.
Three Days, Seven Miles, Two Fatal Bicycle Accidents
According to a report in The Los Altos Town Crier, 63-year-old Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist was hit by a car while riding a bicycle on Friday July 10. He died six days later. Police believe he was riding west on El Camino Real when he was struck by a Honda Civic travelling north on San Antonio Road. Palmquist was thrown onto the pavement and suffered a fatal head injury. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the Civic was not hurt and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.