Anaheim Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
The experienced Anaheim pedestrian accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of protecting the rights of injured victims and their families. For more than 35 years, we have fought for the rights of injured victims in Orange County. We offer a free consultation online and have recovered hundreds of millions for our clients.
Anaheim is home to Disneyland and a tourism district, which houses restaurants, clubs, shops and other entertainment venues. Walking is a routine part of everyday life in this bustling Orange County city.
However, it is also important to remember that walking can be dangerous in a city this populated with tourist attractions.
Most injuries to pedestrians occur when they are hit because the driver was inattentive or didn't see the pedestrian in time to avoid the collision.
While it is important for pedestrians to take all possible steps to be careful and defensive, it is also important that drivers do their part to consciously look out for pedestrians on the roadway and always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
This is especially true of texting drivers. Texting while driving affects Anaheim, maybe even more so than neighboring cities because of all the attractions and sheer number of people bustling through to restaurants and amusement parks.
Because of the complexities of pedestrian accidents, it is often necessary to hire a qualified Anaheim personal injury law firm who is familiar with the issues within the city as well as local courts.
Crosswalks, both marked and unmarked, can be found at different Anaheim intersections. Sometimes, crosswalks may not be located at a street intersection. Regardless of where the crosswalks are located and regardless of whether they are marked or unmarked, California law requires that motorists yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
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." The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk "shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian."
Recently, a 3-year-old girl was killed and her mother was seriously injured when a driver struck them as they crossed in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Gilbert Street and Guinida Lane.
While motorists have the responsibility to stop at a crosswalk and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, it is also the responsibility of pedestrians to cross the street safely and not jaywalk or cross against a light.
No life is worth the shortcut you may save by jaywalking. Pedestrian accidents are a number one source of business for injury attorneys. It speaks volume to the number of pedestrian accidents that happen across California annually.
Perhaps most of us think it will never happen to us, but being hit by a car while you're walking can happen in a flash.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
There are several safety measures pedestrians can take to ensure that they are not struck.
- Be seen: It is important that pedestrians dress to be seen by drivers. If you walk at night wear reflective or retro-reflective materials that reflect light when headlights shine on them.
- Wear sturdy shoes that will give you good grip.
- Use pathways and sidewalks whenever they are available.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic if you ever walk on or near the road so that the driver and you can see each other.
- Plan your routes so you avoid hazardous crossings.
- Stop. Look. Listen: Stop and look for traffic in all directions before you cross the street.
- Do not rely on traffic signs and signals. You would be well advised to look out for traffic even when you are in a crosswalk, walking with the light or with the walk signal.
- Never jaywalk or dart into traffic lanes.
Injuries & Damages in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians can be seriously injured in traffic accidents. Since pedestrians have very little protection, there is the potential for catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Some of the common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and internal injuries.
If your pedestrian accident in Anaheim was caused by a negligent driver or a dangerous roadway, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. If a dangerous or defective roadway caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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