A 61-year-old woman suffered critical injuries in a Seal Beach car accident.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of December 21, 2014 near Pelham Road and St. Andrews Drive at the Leisure World senior community.
The woman had been walking through
a carport when a vehicle that was trying to park hit her.
The victim suffered serious injuries to her head and torso. She was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.
The driver, a 68-year-old Leisure World resident, was questioned at the scene. Officials do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 562-799-4100, ext. 1612.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of this pedestrian accident. We wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and five were injured in Seal Beach pedestrian accidents.
In Orange County as a whole, 47 people died and 808 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What Caused the Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle did not see the pedestrian walking in the carport. Officials do not believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.
However, there are number of unanswered questions here.
Was the driver distracted, inattentive or careless as he tried to part the vehicle? Why did he fail to see the pedestrian? Was the carport poorly lit?
We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the victim’s critical injuries. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable injury attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the property caused or contributed to this accident. If that is the case, the victim may also have a premises liability claim against the property owner and/or manager.