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Elderly Pedestrian Killed in Orange County Car Accident


An 80-year-old man sustained fatal injuries in an Orange County car accident after he was struck by a car the morning of January 29, 2010 while crossing the street, The Orange County Register reports. The pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, was crossing at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Bolsa Avenue in Seal Beach when the vehicle hit him. He sustained critical injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this man. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

There was one fatality and three injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Seal Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics. In Orange County as a whole, 41 deaths and 782 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Pedestrian Laws

In this particular case, it is not exactly clear how or why the pedestrian was hit. If the details of the news report are accurate, the accident occurred at an intersection. The question then, is who had right-of-way at that Seal Beach intersection – the motorist or the pedestrian – at the time?

California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks or at intersections. 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

If I were a member of this victim’s family, I would want to know whether this accident occurred because of the motorist’s negligence. An experienced Orange County car accident lawyer will stay on top of the investigation and make sure that the family’s rights are protected. If there is a dangerous condition at this intersection, which caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. California Governmental Code section 911.2 states that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within six months of the accident or injury.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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