The weather in HB is about 70 degrees, 365 days a year.
With the sun shining year round it’s no wonder that Huntington Beach residents enjoy walking all over town instead of driving.
Certain parts of town of course see a large amount of pedestrians, like Downtown HB on Main Street and PCH.
Unfortunately when you have this many people walking around, along with millions of tourists in a beach town, it’s inevitable that you will see pedestrian accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a HB pedestrian accident please contact us for help today.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Anytime a person is injured in a pedestrian accident it is very important to speak to a personal injury lawyer.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have helped 1000’s of clients here in Southern California.
When you call most injury law firms here in California you will end up speaking to an assistant, but when you call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim you will speak to Daniel himself, the actual attorney.
Choosing the right pedestrian accident lawyer to handle your case is a big decision, so don’t just hire a friend because you feel obligated.
Below are some points that are very important –
- We have over 1000 Positive reviews on Google, FB, Yelp
- You can contact us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Daniel doesn’t settle with insurance companies for easy payday
- We exclusively handle motor vehicle accidents
Common Injuries From a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians that are hit by a car of any type (could be an Uber Eats driver or just a family in a Honda Accord) will usually suffer pretty bad injuries.
There are a ton of factors that can play into how bad a pedestrian will get hurt.
This includes things like how fast was the car going, size of vehicle, and of course the pedestrian’s age and health matter.
Most common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents:
- Internal injuries – with internal bleeding, rib fractures, brain bleeds which are all very serious injuries
- Head trauma – whenever a brain injury is involved in a traffic accident the results are typically bad.
- Pelvic injuries – common in pedestrian accidents
- Broken bones – maybe the most common injury in a pedestrian accident are broken arms, ankles, legs, wrists etc.
- Lacerations – this type of injury can be very painful and take a while to heal
- Back and spine –a small injury can be traumatic.
- Wrongful death – the worst case of all is when a pedestrian is killed from a car crash.
California Pedestrian Laws and Right of Way
Being careful doesn’t give you the right of way as a pedestrian and California has strict laws that you need to be aware of.
Keep in mind that people who drive have certain laws they need to follow.
But as a pedestrian you want to be as careful as you can.
These laws below must be observed by anybody driving a motor vehicle.
- You are not to pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk because they might be stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross.
- Do not stop in a sidewalk because this will always put a pedestrian in danger if they have to walk around your car.
- A driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk (or any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection).
- The only time you can drive on a sidewalk is when you are entering (or exiting) a garage or alleyway.
- Pedestrians should never jaywalk, and if a car gets into a wreck while trying to avoid a jaywalker, then that pedestrian can be held liable.
There are certain rules that apply to blind pedestrians.
If the blind pedestrian is to pull their cane inward and moves away from the curb then that means they aren’t looking to cross the street.
California takes these laws very serious, so drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians will face a minimum penalty of $220 if an injury occurs.
Failing to yield to a blind pedestrian is more serious and subject to a maximum fine of $1000 and possible 6 months in jail.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Just like any accident, a pedestrian accident can happen due to a thousand reasons.
Sometimes accidents can’t be avoided, but pedestrians can do things like avoid walking with music too loud in earphones, etc.
most common pedestrian accidents we see.
Crosswalk accidents – this scenario is all too common when a driver just ignores a crosswalk, but hitting a pedestrian while they walk in a crosswalk is a serious offense with potential criminal ramifications.
Intersection accidents – occurs when vehicles are turning at intersections and the driver just is careless and doesn’t look for people walking – many times due to distracted drivers.
Hit and run accidents – many times the pedestrian who is hit might need the driver to call 911 for assistance. Very common among drivers who don’t have car insurance or a license.
Back over accidents – usually an accident when a driver backs up over a pedestrian, typically takes place in a driveway or parking lot.
Huntington Beach Pedestrian Accidents
With more than four million tourists visiting Huntington Beach every single year (and this number increasing annually for the last decade).
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the roadways and sidewalks throughout Huntington Beach are absolutely crowded on a daily basis.
And while it’s nice for the city to have this kind of environment and the ability to walk to so many amazing amenities, having this many pedestrians on the road practically guarantees that accidents and fatalities are going to occur.
According to the police department in Huntington Beach, more than 50 pedestrians were involved in accidents in Huntington Beach throughout 2017.
Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents
The overwhelming majority of accidents that involve a pedestrian and a motor vehicle are going to have injuries reported, and in Huntington Beach all 50 accidents that occurred had at least one injury that was reported.
Thankfully, the majority of people that were involved in these accidents did not pass away due to the injuries that they sustained.
Four people were reported to be fatalities as a result of these pedestrian accidents in 2017, however.
Pedestrian Accident Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
So many accidents in the state of California (and around the nation, for that matter) are a direct result of drivers driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
11% of all accidents involving injuries or fatalities in California are found to have been directly caused by drivers that have consumed drugs, and DUI arrests are up nearly 30% over the past five years in the state of California as well.
Pedestrian Accidents Involve A Distracted Driver
Distracted driving is a menace to pedestrians today, as well as fellow drivers.
The state of California reports that 80% of all accidents are caused by at least some form of inattentive driving.
On top of that, more than 75% of California drivers self report that they operate their vehicles while using their smart phones or while otherwise distracted even though they understand that it is against the law to do so.
Bad Intersections In Huntington Beach For Pedestrian Accidents?
Almost every intersection involving Beach Boulevard is regarded as incredibly dangerous in Huntington Beach.
But the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue, and PCH and Main Street in Downthown HB are also particularly dangerous intersections for pedestrians today.