A woman suffered critical injuries in a La Habra pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck her the night of July 30, 2015.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred on North Beach Boulevard south of West La Habra Boulevard.
The woman was crossing the street when a man driving a vehicle struck her.
She was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The male driver remained at the scene and talked to authorities.
No arrests or citations were reported. Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact police at 562-383-4300.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this pedestrian accident. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
One person died and 15 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in La Habra, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, 47 fatalities and 808 injuries were reported due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why this major injury crash occurred. There are still several questions here.
Who had the right-of-way? Was the pedestrian walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway such as poor lighting that hampered the driver’s visibility? Was the driver distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent?
We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault & Liability
In this particular case, if the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses sustained by the victim.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
An experienced La Habra personal injury lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the injuries.
If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
Under California Government Code, any injury claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of the incident.