A 28-year-old man was killed in an Anaheim car accident after he was struck by a vehicle on a city street. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the man was walking in the 1700 block of West Lincoln Avenue the morning of September 9, 2010 when he was hit by a gray colored car. Officials have not yet identified the deceased pedestrian pending notification of family members. No arrests have been made. An official investigation is underway.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this Orange County pedestrian accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 73 were injured in Anaheim pedestrian accidents. That same year, 31 people were killed and 785 were injured in Orange County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Injury Accident?
It is unclear from this report what may have caused this tragic pedestrian accident. Many local residents have commented on the Register’s web site stating that people regularly cross the street at this location because there are no crosswalks or intersections available close by. There are several unanswered questions here as well. Was the driver of the vehicle under the influence? Was he or she distracted at the time? Was the driver of the vehicle speeding or driving recklessly? Did he or she fail to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian? Was there a dangerous condition on this Anaheim roadway that made it hazardous for pedestrians? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine exactly what occurred here.
If traffic investigators determine that the driver was at fault for the fatal collision, the driver could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims could seek compensation to cover medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
A skilled Anaheim car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to this accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
Are there any dangerous streets near you that you believe require crosswalks?
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