Orange County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase have helped injured victims in Orange County seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses since 1978. We will fight for your rights and ensure that justice is served. Please call us at 949-203-3814 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
Recent Injury Verdicts
- $3,000,000.00 - Dangerous road design - Trolly vs. pedestrian
- $16,444,904.00 - Dangerous road condition, driver negligence
- $2,815,958.00 - Negligent road design
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”
Compensation for Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries in collisions such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and internal injuries. When a pedestrian accident is caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.
When there is a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it is always the pedestrian who is injured. If you have been injured in an Orange County pedestrian accident please contact Bisnar Chase today to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights for compensation.
It's Not Always a Car that Endangers Pedestrians
You're taught at a young age to look both ways before crossing a street, to avoid being struck by a vehicle. But what about bicycles? Cyclists are sharing the road with vehicles, with the same rules as cars and motorcycles. They must stop at stop lights and stop signs, obey traffic laws and signs as well as the speed limit.
The CBS Video below gives a perfect example of how dangerous bicycles can be to pedestrians.
Society is also becoming more and more aware of the dangers of distracted transportation, whether in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or even walking or running. Usually, cell phones and other electronic devices are the main focus of distracted trasnportation and distracted driving.
Texting, phone calls, video games, emails and social media are extremely distracting and can lead to potentially deadly situations, like checking your Twitter and walking in front of a bus.
Pedestrian Accident Laws
Crosswalk laws: Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a), motorists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. The same section also states: "This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk."
Motorists' responsibility: Even when pedestrians are not crossing in a crosswalk or are jaywalking, it does not excuse a driver from exercising due care. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: "Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard." The same section also states: "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."
Right-of-Way: Drivers pulling out of public or private driveways must yield right-of-way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): "The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic." Vehicles entering traffic "shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety."
Common Pedestrian Accident Causes
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Orange County include:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Running a red light
- Dangerous roadway or intersection
Seeking A Qualified Pedestrian Accident Attorney
After an accident you'll have many questions. Who will pay your medical bills, who's liable for the damages, can you collect for pain and suffering, what are your time limits to file a claim? Our experienced pedestrian injury lawyer can answer those questions for you. If we accept your case, we will not charge you a fee or percentage until we win. To find out more about your rights call 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.