Samuel Medina Arias, 52, was killed in a La Habra pedestrian accident after two cars struck him as he was crossing the street. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of November 19, 2017 at Lambert Road and Cypress Street. Arias was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not quite clear what led to this collision. No arrests or citations were reported. Officials are still investigating the cause of this incident and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 562-383-4300.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Samuel Medina Arias for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 20 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of La Habra. In Orange County as a whole, 47 people died and 764 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Pedestrians’ Right of Way Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was walking at or near a street intersection. However, it is unclear as to whether he was actually walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
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.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, if the motorist is found to have been negligent at the time, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages by filing a wrongful death claim. If a dangerous roadway or intersection caused or contributed to the fatal collision, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.