A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was hit by a truck in Santa Ana.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of 17th Street and Cabrillo Park Drive the evening of March 30, 2014.
The boy was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police are still looking into whether
the woman driving the truck was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver remained at the scene of the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the young victim and his family. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), seven fatalities and 139 injuries were reported due to pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana.
In Orange County as a whole, 38 people died and 773 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, the boy was at the intersection when the truck hit him. This is a fairly large intersection in Santa Ana with crosswalks and monitored by traffic lights.
There are still several questions here.
Was the driver under the influence? Did the driver run a red light? Was the boy in a crosswalk at the time? Did the driver fail to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk?
I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault party for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.