A man suffered fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident in Garden Grove after a vehicle struck him in a crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the evening of January 21, 2017 at the intersection of Haster Street and Lampson Avenue. Officials said the man was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle negotiating a northbound turn onto Haster Street from Lampson Avenue.
The man suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area trauma center. He died a few hours later. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Officials said alcohol or drugs don’t appear to be factors. No arrests or citations were reported. Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call 714-741-5704.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of this deceased victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 84 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Garden Grove. In Orange County as a whole, 52 people died and 784 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk when the vehicle that was making a turn struck him. Under California law, drivers are required to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in marked and unmarked crosswalks.
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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. In such cases, families of victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. An experienced Orange County car accident lawyer can also help determine whether a dangerous or defective condition on a roadway caused or contributed to the fatal accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.