A woman sustained critical injuries in a Costa Mesa car accident after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, the night of July 13, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Pinecreek Drive, near Orange Coast College. Police say the woman, who is in her late 20s, was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, when a Toyota Scion TC that was eastbound on Adams struck her. Based on preliminary investigations, police say the Scion’s driver had the green light. The incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Costa Mesa police at 714-754-5264.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this woman who has suffered life-threatening injuries in this Orange County car accident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 60 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Costa Mesa. In Orange County as a whole, 31 people died and 785 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, officials say the pedestrian was not walking in a crosswalk at the time. California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. 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: “This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In such cases, it would be in the best interests of injured victims or their families to contact an experienced Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway may have caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California public entity must be filed within six months of the incident.
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