A 78-year-old woman sustained critical injuries in a Huntington Beach car accident the morning of August 26, 2010, The Orange County Register report. Huntington Beach police officials say the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue when a 1990 Acura driven by an 84-year-old man struck the woman. The pedestrian accident victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. An investigation is ongoing.
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My thoughts and prayers are with the woman injured in this pedestrian accident. I wish her a full and complete recovery from her critical injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 59 injuries in Huntington Beach as a result of pedestrian accidents. That same year, 31 people were killed and 785 people were injured in Orange County pedestrian accidents.
California Crosswalk Law
California law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians legally crossing the street in crosswalks and 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.”
If the elderly driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, then, he could be held liable for the woman’s serious injuries. In such cases, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. I trust officials are also looking into whether this motorist was disoriented, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time. The best Huntington Beach personal injury lawyers will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation to injured victims and their families.
Many of the commenters to this Register article believe that the age of the driver may have played a role in this accident. Do you believe there should be additional driving tests for elderly motorists?
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