Downtown San Jose has been dubbed a “Walker’s Paradise” by WalkScore (a website rates cities nationwide by walkability). That shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us—just look at the people on foot everywhere! They stroll in the parks, shop the boutiques, walk to work, and jog for pleasure and exercise. But as a San Jose pedestrian accident attorney I see the darker side of our street, the scary side, the painful side.
Every year there are roughly 2,300 pedestrian accidents in San Jose. That’s about 2.4 collisions (with automobiles) per every 1,000 people! How many friends and family do you have? 200? 300? Each one of them stands roughly a 1-in-8 chance of being involved in a crash while on foot.
That rate is much lower than most of the cities in Southern California but it’s still too high. Worse yet, 5% of those accidents cause injuries classified as “severe”—meaning broken bones, head trauma, ambulance rides, and hospital stays.