Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Campbell Teen Cyclist in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Car

Tragedy struck Friday night as a local teenager was hit by a 45-year-old San Jose resident while riding his bike in Campbell, California.  The accident took place at 8:55 p.m., at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Milton Avenue.  The young victim sustained a serious head injury, and remains in critical condition at Valley Medical Center.

The victim has been identified as Campbell Middle School student Juan Avila. Although the accident took place in the evening, the cyclist reportedly had reflectors on his white bike, making him visible to drivers despite dark evening conditions. The cause of the accident is not known at this time, and investigators are continuing to piece together exactly what happened.

Several reports state that emergency personnel arrived on the scene to find the 14-year-old boy lying in the road, restrained by witnesses.  Avila is reported to have been placed in an induced coma due to his serious head injury. At this time the extent of his head injury and the trauma to his brain are unknown. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our prayers are with Juan Avila and his family.
Although Avila took proper safety precautions by having reflectors on his bike, this situation is an example of how a moment of driver inattentiveness or distracted driving can result in a tragic accident.  If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  The bicycle accident attorneys of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP have the experience and tools necessary to investigate your claim, and fight for your right to fair compensation. Call Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP today for your free consultation and case evaluation.

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