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Deadly Halloween Friday In Orange County

By Brian Chase on November 4, 2014 - No comments

Halloween Accident Orange CountyFour people were killed in two separate accidents involving Halloween trick-or-treaters in Orange County.

According to reports in the Orange County Register, the first incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of North Jacaranda Street and Fairhaven Avenue in Santa Ana.

Three teens, two of them twins, were hit by a …Read the rest »

 

Bisnar|Chase Obtains $340K Settlement in Orange County Pedestrian Accident Case

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Woman Killed, Child Injured in Hollywood Crosswalk Collision

By Brian Chase on February 12, 2014 - No comments

marked crosswalk proves fatal for pedestrian in HollywoodA woman was killed and her 10-year-old daughter was injured when they were hit by a semi truck while walking in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Fountain and Bronson avenues in Hollywood. According to a CBS news report, the fatal accident occurred the morning of February 11, 2014 in the 13000 block of Bronson Avenue near Joseph Le Conte Middle School. The woman died from her injuries and her daughter is said to be in stable condition.

CBS News talked to Ira Belgrade, a parent who led a safety committee for nearby Citizens of the World Charter School.  She said the committee has been calling for school officials to put in a permanent crossing guard, but that has not happened. She said the intersection is extremely dangerous and this is exactly the kind of “nightmare scenario” they have been trying to avoid.

We offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family for their terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the child who has lost her mother and is recovering from her injuries. …Read the rest »

 

Pedestrian Fatally Injured in Anaheim Car Crash

By Brian Chase on October 7, 2013 - No comments

A pedestrian was struck and killed in an Anaheim car crash the night of October 3, 2013. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the incident occurred on Ball Road east of the 57 Freeway. Police said the man was in the roadway but not in a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene, but was not arrested. The investigation into this fatal crash is still ongoing.

WALK_002.jpgPedestrian Crash Statistics

There were six fatalities and 92 injuries in Anaheim as a result of pedestrian collisions, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year. …Read the rest »

 

Anaheim Pedestrian Crash Kills 3

By Brian Chase on February 13, 2013 - No comments

February 12, 2013—Anaheim, California—Three women, two of them a mother and daughter, were killed when a driver suspected of being drunk hit them as they walked in the street, according to the Orange County Register. The crash occurred in the 100 Block of South Western Avenue near Lincoln.

The 56-year-old victim and her 21-year-old daughter, along with the woman’s 21-year-old niece, were walking along South Western Avenue when they were struck by the 40-year-old driver. The niece died at the scene and the mother and daughter died after being transported to a local hospital. They were on their way home from a baby shower at the time of the crash. The driver was uninjured but a female passenger in his car was taken to the hospital with facial injuries.

The area where the collision occurred has a bad reputation for speeding, according to residents I the area. The road is an arterial road dotted with apartments, homes and businesses, and residents believe the speed limit should be lowered.

Arterial Roads Site of Many Pedestrian Crashes

Arterial roads are those that feed into major freeways or highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,605 of California’s 2,791 traffic fatalities in 2011 occurred in urban areas, or about 58 percent. Many of these accidents occurred on arterial roadways; one study estimated that 55 percent of the daily traffic in Los Angeles County is on arterial roadways rather than major freeways, making these roads extremely congested and dangerous for pedestrians.

Liability Issues in Pedestrian Crashes—Who is To Blame?

California law insists on responsibility on the part of both drivers and pedestrians to maintain safety. Since pedestrians are often injured much more seriously than divers, however, it behooves pedestrians to pay close attention to traffic and to adjust their own actions accordingly.

According to the California Motor Vehicle Code, pedestrians are to yield the right-of-way to any vehicle that constitutes an immediate hazard. However, Section 21954 of the code goes on to note, “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.” This means that a driver may be liable for an accident even if the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time, especially if the driver was speeding, drinking or in some other way engaging in negligent behavior.

What Can I Do If I Am Injured In A Pedestrian Crash?

If you are the victim of a pedestrian collision, it is wise to consult a personal injury lawyer about your rights. Victims of pedestrian crashes may be able to collect damages from the driver who hit them. In a case in which a pedestrian is killed by the driver, the surviving family may be able to collect damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. An Anaheim personal injury attorney can explain the laws that surround these types of crashes and the options available to victims or families regarding compensation.

 

7-year-old Girl Injured in Santa Ana Hit-and-Run Car Accident

By Brian Chase on December 5, 2012 - No comments

pedestrian accidentA 7-year-old girl suffered major injuries in a hit-and-run car accident in Santa Ana after an SUV struck her. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred in the 400 block of South Birch Street, the evening of December 4, 2012. Police say the girl was walking with her mother when she suddenly darted out into the street. She was struck by a dark-colored SUV and dragged about 15 yards. The girl suffered injuries to her head and body and was transported to an area hospital. She is expected to survive. The driver of the SUV fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the young victim of this hit-and-run crash. I wish her the very best for a quick and full recovery.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

There were six deaths and 134 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 32 people died and 770 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents countywide.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Based on this news account, the SUV’s driver struck the little girl who darted across the roadway, dragged her for a short distance and then drove away leaving her injured and lying on the street. Appalling! Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is not only inhumane and irresponsible, but also illegal. According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene of an accident, regardless of who was at fault. In addition, they must exchange pertinent information and help the victim obtain assistance. This could be something as simple as calling 911 so the victim gets timely help. However, in this case, the driver chose to do none of the above.

Protecting Victims’ Rights

Victims of hit-and-run collisions or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced injury attorney in Santa Ana, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the incident.

 


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