A tragic pedestrian accident claimed the life of a Cupertino woman on January 15, 2013. The victim has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office as 79-year-old Xiulin Du of Cupertino. According to published reports, Ms. Du was crossing Cupertino Road in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a big-rig delivery truck. The truck was owned and operated by Sysco, a national foodservice corporation. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our hearts and sympathy remain with the victim and her family.
This preventable accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. at the intersection of Cupertino Road and Foothill Boulevard. Sadly, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at or near intersections. Sometimes there are elements of the intersection itself that contribute to an environment that is dangerous for pedestrians. For example, an intersection can lack adequate signage, be poorly designed, or have improperly functioning traffic signals.
A state or municipal entity may share some of the liability if this tragic accident is found to have resulted from an unsafe intersection. There are strict deadlines that must be complied with to file a claim against a state or municipal entity. If you or a loved one have experienced a pedestrian accident it is imperative that you contact a pedestrian accident lawyer immediately to preserve your rights.
In addition to the potential liability of a public entity, the truck driver and his employer may also share responsibility for this tragic accident. Investigators are still determining if driver negligence contributed to this heart wrenching accident. Some common examples of driver negligence include: aggressive driving, driver confusion, driver intoxication and driver inattentiveness.
There is no amount of financial compensation that can bring back a life that has been cut short due to a pedestrian accident. Nevertheless, families that have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one deserve compensation to help facilitate the painful process of rebuilding their lives.
The experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP are committed to making sure that pedestrian accident victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. Call the legal team of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP for a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and help explain your rights.