Anaheim is home to many popular tourist attractions in Californi such as amusement parks such as Disneyland and many major professional sports teams like the Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Angels. Although Anaheim is surrounded by Interstate 5, Riverside Freeway, and Orange Freeway, there are many pedestrian corridors that allow easy access to these parks and stadiums. In Anaheim, pedestrian traffic is heavy throughout the year which makes it unique to other cities within Orange County and therefore leaves pedestrian more vulnerable to accidents. A pedestrian accident is considered to be more serious than regular car accidents as there is literally no protection for the pedestrian. This is why it’s imperative that you contact an Anaheim pedestrian accident attorney if you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident.
Anaheim Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to Traffic Safety Reports, from the years 2007 to 2013, there 95,758 pedestrian injuries from traffic-related instances throughout California. In 2015, it was reported that specifically in Orange County, one in every six pedestrians that are involved in an accident are killed.
Who Is At Fault In A Pedestrian Accident?
Drivers are legally responsible for controlling their vehicle at all times and who can forget the old adage “pedestrians have the right of way” that are ingrained into society. However, in California, this is not the case. The law states that liability is determined by something called “Contributory Negligence” which means that both the driver and the pedestrian may be held liable for any injuries sustained. Here are common reasons as to why a pedestrian might be held liable for their injuries:
- The pedestrian was jaywalking, or crossing in the middle of the street, outside of a crosswalk
- The pedestrian was crossing against the traffic signal (i.e. in the crosswalk but against a red “Do Not Walk” command)
- The pedestrian was entering a street or highway while intoxicated
- The pedestrian was walking along highways, bridges, or causeways where pedestrian access is prohibited.
However, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney can show that even if these circumstances were present during the accident, that the driver of the car might be partially responsible for your injuries. The statute of limitations for these types of accidents is two years, so if you were in a pedestrian accident and one of the aforementioned conditions occurred, it’s still important to contact an attorney to see if you are entitled to compensation.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Improper Lane Use: A majority of pedestrian accidents occur on busy streets that are shared by both motorists and pedestrians. Crowded city streets can force pedestrian onto city streets that are filled with cars. Bicyclists, if there is no clear bike lane, can also make sharing the sidewalk difficult forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets.
Unmarked Crosswalks: Crosswalks are visible in may city intersections but not so much in parking lots or other areas where pedestrians and cars can be at the same time. It’s important that the drives and pedestrian accidents also follow crosswalk signals.
Left-Hand Turns: As previously mentioned crosswalk signals are important to follow but they do not prevent accidents. In fact, left-hand turns is the number one cause of pedestrian accidents. This is due that the pedestrian is walking forward and is unable to see the car as it begins to turn left.
Electronics: While texting and driving are illegal, pedestrians are also faced down on their phones. An NYU study showed that 8% of pedestrian accident victims were using an electronic device such as a cell phone or MP3 player.
Quiet Cars: While ideal for the environment, hybrid cards are often quiet. Pedestrians, especially in neighborhoods, do not use just their eyes to see if cars are coming but also their ears. If they do not hear the car coming, they are more likely to walk into the street. In a study by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrians in residential neighborhoods are 50% more likely to be involved in an accident with a hybrid car.
Dark Clothes: According to the Insurance Institute for Highways Safety (IIHS), 70% of pedestrian accidents happen at night. Dark clothes can sometimes make the pedestrian invisible to drivers.
Alcohol: DUI’s are dangerous for several reasons. But in regards to pedestrian accidents, it’s a two-way street. Thirty-seven percent of fatally injured pedestrians have blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08 percent. And when drivers under the influence, their judgement time isn’t as sharp which can cause to many innocent lives being killed.
Call An Anaheim Pedestrian Accident Attorney!
If you have been in a pedestrian accident or if you loved one was senselessly killed by another driver’s recklessness, do not hesitate to contact our pedestrian accident lawyer. We are dedicated to helping you get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning potential and for pain and suffering.