With nice weather all year round in Irvine, local residents walk to work and other daily activities.
A growing population in Irvine brings more delivery drivers and commutes onto the roads and more pedestrians trying to share those same roads.
If both the drivers and pedestrians aren’t aware of their surroundings and follow all the traffic laws, then bad accidents can and will happen.
Surprisingly not every accident involving a pedestrian has a car involved.
Many pedestrian accidents in Irvine happen when a motorcycle or an electric scooter hits a pedestrian, even backing out of a driveway and hitting a pedestrian can be deadly.
Below you will find a plethora of information about what to do if you are injured as a pedestrian here in Orange County.
Why Contact Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident here in OC then you want to call an experienced pedestrian lawyer immediately.
Dealing with the insurance companies after you get released from the hospital can become a nightmare.
The insurance companies do Not like paying out money and often times they will try to just deny a claim all together.
When you hire The Law Offices of Daniel Kim you get an entire legal team that will fight for you to get you maximum compensation.
We are available 7 days a week, so if you need help call us for a FREE consultation.
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How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Settlement Worth
This is not an easy question to answer during the initial research phase of your accident claim.
There are quite a few things that go into determining a final value for your pedestrian accident settlement, and you can be sure we will fight for you and your family.
Don’t just sit around hoping the insurance company will take care of you because that isn’t going to happen.
Common Injuries From a Pedestrian Accident In Irvine
Pedestrians that are hit by a car or truck usually suffer pretty severe injuries.
When hit by a fast moving, aggressive driver, pedestrians are far more likely to die by the injuries they suffer as well.
There are many factors that play into how bad a pedestrian will be injured.
Things like how fast was the car going, type of vehicle, and of course the pedestrian’s age can play a role.
Most common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents:
- Brain Injuries – TBI or Traumatic Brain Injuries consists of damage or swelling of the brain.
- Pelvic injuries – these are very common in pedestrian accidents
- Broken bones – maybe the most common injury in a pedestrian accident are broken arms, ankles, legs, wrists etc.
- Open wounds – this type of injury includes lacerations, puncture wounds which expose the victim to long term or immediate danger.
- Back and spine – the spinal cord keeps the brain and body working together and just a small injury can be traumatic.
- Wrongful death – the worst case of all is when a pedestrian is killed from a car crash.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and in a handful of locations on the roads, but below is commonly where these accidents take place.
- Crosswalk accidents – drivers are careless or distracted and hit people walking in a crosswalk
- Intersection accidents – cars turning at intersections can easily miss seeing a person in a crosswalk
- Hit and run – sadly this happens a lot where a driver hits somebody walking and just flees the scene
- Back over accidents – person reversing out of a driveway or parking spot
Irvine Pedestrian Laws and Right of Way
When we were kids most of our parents did their best to teach us about crossing a busy road and how to stay safe while walking.
But just because you are careful doesn’t give you the right of way as a pedestrian and there are strict laws set forth by California that you need to be aware of.
As a pedestrian you are in a highly vulnerable position when on the streets around cars and trucks weighing thousands of pounds and made of steel so be as careful as possible.
Motor vehicles have their own set of laws that they must abide by in order to make the streets safe for all.
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.
- Never stop in a sidewalk because this will always put a pedestrian in danger if they have to walk around your car.
- All drivers must allow pedestrians to cross the road but also pedestrians must allow vehicles lawfully to get through intersections when the light is green.
- 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.
- As a pedestrian jaywalking is illegal. If an accident occurs from such an event the pedestrian will 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.
This can be hard to see as a driver so be aware if this happens and proceed with caution.
These white cane laws in Irvine are critical and further complicate the dynamic between driver and pedestrian.
CA takes these laws very serious and 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 of course much more serious and subject to a maximum fine of $1000 and possible 6 months in jail.
Pedestrian Accidents In Irvine
According to information released in 2017 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (conjunction with the California Department of Motor Vehicles), all of the nearly 32,500 accidents that occur in Orange County had 845 of them that involved pedestrians.
Deaths From Pedestrian Accidents In Irvine
It’s obvious that anytime you are talking about a pedestrian being involved in a motor vehicle accident of the potential for serious injury and fatalities climbs.
In 2017 the amount of people that passed away after being involved in a traffic accident as a pedestrian was just two people.
There were a lot of injuries (something will touch on in just a moment), but thankfully of the 845 pedestrians involved in these accidents only a few were fatalities.
Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents In Irvine
Every single time that a pedestrian was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Irvine throughout the year 2017 at least one injury was reported.
This should come as no surprise to anyone, considering the fact that we are talking about a motor vehicle hitting or colliding with a person that isn’t protected by another vehicle.
Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol
According to information released by the state of California, 32% of all drivers that have been involved in a motor vehicle accident have tested positive for consuming drugs recently.
At the same time, the amount of people that have tested positive for alcohol in these kinds of accidents is on the rise.
Since 2011, this figure has grown by 36.8% and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down or reversing the trend anytime soon.
Irvine Pedestrian Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver
California, like the rest of the nation, obviously has a big problem with distracted drivers.
According to information released by the state, 80% of all automotive accidents throughout the state of California involve at least some form of driver inattention.
On top of that, 40% of California drivers that have been involved in an automotive accident freely admit that they work looking at or using their smart phone even though they understand it is against the law to do so while driving.
Dangerous Intersections In Orange County
There are a couple of very dangerous intersections in Orange County, but none are quite as dangerous as:
• Orangethorpe Ave & Lemon St
• La Palma Ave & Buena Park Downtown
• Bushard St & Ellis Ave
These are certainly the most dangerous intersections in all of Orange County, with double-digit accidents, double-digit injuries, and almost 10 fatalities in these three intersections during 2017 alone.