The Premier Orange County California Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
More often than not, pedestrian accidents happen suddenly and unexpectedly in metropolitan areas in California like Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. According to the California DMV, pedestrians make up nearly 19% of all traffic fatalities in California. More than 620 people are killed every year in pedestrian accidents while another 12,000 are injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. Every day, two people are killed and more than 30 are hurt in pedestrian accidents across California. Pedestrians are at a greater risk of serious injury as they are not secured by anything. According to the CDC, one-fifth of pedestrian fatalities are seniors. Orange County pedestrians are at an especially high risk of being hurt in a traffic accident. A pedestrian is struck and killed by a motor vehicle every 6 days in the Orange County area, where victims tend to be older adults walking at night, usually crossing a road outside of a painted crosswalk. About 25% of fatal pedestrian accidents in the Orange County area occur when pedestrians are struck while using a crosswalk. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a pedestrian traffic accident, an Orange County injury attorney can help you explore legal options and protect your rights.
Pedestrian Laws in California
Orange County has very strict right-of-way laws that are intended to protect pedestrians by giving them the right-of-way in most situations. Many accidents occur when motorists do not abide by these right-of way laws:
- Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections.
- Motorists must stop and wait if they see another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
- Motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while leaving parking lots and driveways.
- Motorists must use due caution when a pedestrian is walking outside of a crosswalk.
Orange County Pedestrian Accident Liability
Often pedestrian accidents resulted in sever injuries, brain damage, broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injury, leg and knee injuries and fatal injuries. When a pedestrian is hurt in an accident, the pedestrian has a right to seek reimbursement. Pedestrians are sometimes to blame for an accident, but negligent driving is often the cause of pedestrian accidents in California. Common causes of pedestrian traffic accidents include drunk driving, running a red light and hitting someone on the crosswalk, turning right through a crosswalk without checking for pedestrians, distracted driving, and illegal parking that makes it hard to see pedestrians nearby. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available as a punishment to the guilty party. Pedestrians hit by an uninsured motorist may still be able to collect compensation through their own insurance policy.
Contact an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
California personal injury laws allow for individuals that have been injured in accidents, including pedestrian accidents to recover damages if another party’s negligence contributed to the accident. A skilled pedestrian traffic accident lawyer in Orange County can help you protect your rights and work toward the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. There are no expenses unless we successfully recover damages for you. Contact a pedestrian injury lawyer at Rawa Law Group today for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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