A heart-wrenching accident occurred on July 17, 2012, in Cupertino, California. The scene of the accident was the Vista Creek neighborhood which is located near the intersection of Stevens Creek and De Anza Boulevards. The victim has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office as 5-year-old Amartya Chinya.
According to published reports,
Amartya was riding a scooter in a cul-de-sac near his home when he was struckby a Ford Focus that was backing out of a driveway. The victim was transported to a local
hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary reports indicate that he was
wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers remain with
the victim’s family.
Investigators are still trying to
determine why the driver did not see the child.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect that drugs or
alcohol contributed to this horrific accident.
One possible factor in this tragic accident is driver inattention. A driver cannot operate his or her vehicle
safely if they are distracted. Common
examples of activities that distract drivers include: texting, eating, talking
on a cell phone, changing the radio station or applying makeup. The driver can be held liable for causing this
accident if driver inattention was a contributing factor.
The compassionate trial lawyers of
Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP specialize in helping families who have
experienced the wrongful death of a loved one rebuild their lives following
traumatic accidents. We are committed
to making the responsible party pay whether they are a negligent driver, government entity, or vehicle manufacturer.
Our experienced bicycle and
pedestrian accident lawyers have a deep understanding of the manner in which
insurance companies operate and we utilize this understanding to obtain results
for our clients. We pride ourselves on fighting
on behalf of victims and their families to get them the compensation they deserve.