A man was severely injured in an Anaheim car accident after a vehicle struck and trapped him on its windshield. According to a CBS news article, the injury collision occurred near Ball Road and Perdido Street, the night of May 12, 2012. Anaheim police say a woman was driving a blue Kia when she hit the man and he became lodged on the vehicle’s windshield. Paramedics were able to dislodge the victim. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Officials are still investigating the cause of this collision.
My heart goes out to the injured victim of this Orange County car accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight fatalities and 101 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, pedestrian accidents caused 41 fatalities and injured 864 people, during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on the news report, it appears that the accident occurred at a street intersection. It is not clear if the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk or if the driver had the light at the time. Under California law, motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in 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.”
Compensation for Injured Victims
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver here was under the influence, distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time. In such cases, an at-fault motorist can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Pedestrian accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
If it is determined that a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.