Buena Park Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Call the Buena Park Pedestrian Accident Lawyers of Bisnar Chase at 949-203-3814 to for a free case review on your crosswalk incident.
Pedestrian accidents can result in devastating, life-changing and fatal injuries. Medical bills can pile up and victims can be out of work for months. Our law firm has over forty years of experience winning families who have suffered from accidents millions in compensation.
The law group of Bisnar Chase also operates on a contingency fee basis, which means if we don't win your case you don't have to pay.
Contact one of our top-notch pedestrian accident attorneys in Buena Park to explore your legal rights and options.
What You Need To Do After You Have Been Hit By a Car
By law, pedestrians have the right-away. If a pedestrian accident takes place, and the incident is severe, for example, someone was killed in the accident, a driver can face charges such as manslaughter. If you are a pedestrian that was hit by a motor vehicle you may be confused about how to navigate the legal claims process of your accident.
After a pedestrian accident you need to:
- Seek medical help immediately: People who are hit crossing the street can suffer from serious injuries such as broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Do not move the pedestrian if you are not a medical professional. Moving the pedestrian can do more harm to their body. An ambulance should be called as soon as possible so that the victim can receive proper medical attention.
- Make a pedestrian accident claim: After you have sought medical attention you need to call your insurance company. Upon your call, provide your insurance company with your statement as well as photos of your injuries and the information of the other driver.
- Contact an Orange County injury attorney: A lawyer with many years of experience handling these types of personal injury cases will have a great understanding of how much you should receive for your accident. The accident attorney will also have a strong legal and investigative team to make sure every detail of your case becomes documented.
Buena Park Pedestrian Accident Cases
Buena Park has had many incidents of pedestrians being struck down while crossing the road. One of these occurrences involved a person driving under the influence of marijuana. The OC Register reported that a 51-year-old man had been found unconscious after he was hit by a motor vehicle while crossing on Western Avenue and Jackson Way.
Some of these pedestrians suffer from more than just minor injuries though. Many who are struck by a car while crossing the road can also die. Buena Park resident Esteban Valdovinoz-Diaz, died at age 28 due to being hit by a drunk driver. Buena Park police on the scene said that "A unidentified 44-year-old man behind the wheel of the car was detained for possibly driving under the influence of drugs, but was released without being booked."
If you or someone you know has been hit while crossing the road call the police and seek medical attention immediately.
California Pedestrian Collision Statistics
California is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association stated that in California alone, around 6,000 pedestrians were hit and killed by motor vehicle. Experts say that the main reasons why there has been an increase in crosswalk accidents is due to marijuana usage and distracted driving.
Executive Director Jonathan Adkins said "Two consecutive years of 6,000 pedestrian deaths is a red flag for all of us in the traffic safety community. These high levels are no longer a blip but unfortunately a sustained trend. We can't afford to let this be the new normal."
Federal Law & Pedestrians
California Vehicle Code section 21950 grants pedestrians the right of way when in a crosswalk or at an intersection. The law 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."
This means that motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are legally crossing the road in a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are legally crossing the roadway may be cited or criminally charged. They can also be held financially responsible for the pedestrian's injuries and losses.
There are many right-of-way laws that can affect the safety of nearby pedestrians. Under California Code 21663, car drivers must not operate a vehicle on the sidewalk. California Vehicle Code 22517 requires all motorists to look for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists before opening their door. According to California Vehicle Code 22106, motorists may only back up when it is safe to do so.
One way to decrease your chances of being
involved in a pedestrian accident is to understand California laws and local laws relating to pedestrians.
Accountability for a Pedestrian Incident
It is common for pedestrian accidents to occur as the result of someone stepping into traffic or crossing where there is no crosswalk. Car drivers are less likely to look out for pedestrians where pedestrians cannot legally cross the road. That does not, however, mean that drivers are excused from exercising due care where there is no crosswalk.
Motorists have an obligation to keep pedestrians on the road safe. Although liability for a pedestrian collision usually falls on the driver that hit the walker, there are cases where a pedestrian is at fault. If the pedestrian was at fault though they can still file a personal injury claim.
If both parties were responsible for an accident then both can file a "comparative negligence" claim. Comparative negligence allows two people who have involved in an accident the ability to pursue compensation for damages.
Contact Our Experienced Buena Park Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
For over 40 years, Bisnar Chase's pedestrian accident attorneys in Orange County have been winning millions in compensation for accident victims and their families. Our law firm believes that after a collision you should only be focusing on recovering.
Many insurance companies purposely move slowly in the claims process and most of the time do not provide an offer that will cover all the damages you have faced.
Contact our personal injury attorneys in Buena Park today at 949-203-3814 and receive a free consultation.