A pedestrian accident in Santa Ana resulted in severe head injuries for a 59-year-old man the afternoon of December 11, 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the car accident happened at East Stafford Street and Santiago Avenue when a pickup truck hit the pedestrian who was crossing the street. The man was transported to a local hospital with major injuries. Police are investigating the cause of this pedestrian accident.
I sympathize with this injured victim and his family for what they are going through at this time. I wish this pedestrian the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him and his family members in your thoughts and prayers.
There were 15 fatalities and 1,365 injuries involving Santa Ana car accidents, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also, in 2008, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of Orange County car accidents.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
We do not know yet if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk, or if he had the right-of-way. At the moment, there are also other questions in connection with this incident. Was the driver of the tow truck under the influence? Was he distracted at the time? Was he speeding or driving recklessly at the time of the accident? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway which may have caused or contributed to this injury accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine how or why this car accident occurred.
If the driver of the tow truck is determined to have been at fault in this case, both he and his employer could be held liable. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims or their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway was a factor. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could 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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