A man was injured in an Anaheim car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the pedestrian accident occurred the morning of June 11, 2010 at the intersection of La Palma Avenue and State College Boulevard. Anaheim police officials say the driver of a Lexus IS 350 was driving west on La Palma Avenue when he made a right turn onto State College Boulevard and collided with the man who was walking in the crosswalk. The man was responsive, but seems to have suffered back injuries, according to the news report. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to this injured pedestrian. I truly hope his injuries were not major and pray for his speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one death and 73 injuries that occurred as a result of pedestrian accidents in Anaheim, California. In Orange County as a whole, 31 deaths and 785 injuries were reported involving pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of La Palma and State College. California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking 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.”
Claim for Compensation
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated, speeding, or otherwise driving negligently at the time. If that was the case, then, he or she could be held liable. In these types of accidents, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy and other related damages. An experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options in such cases.
What steps can pedestrians and motorists take to prevent crosswalk accidents?
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