City officials and normal citizens are always trying to make it safer for pedestrians to walk around Anaheim and Orange County.
When you have places like Disneyland in town along with sunny weather, you are bound to have millions of people walking around.
Things like high-visibility crosswalks, newer traffic signals, and improved street lighting are all being implemented in hopes of eliminating pedestrian accidents here in Anaheim.
But the reality is that pedestrian accidents still happen daily in Anaheim so the pedestrians need to be more cautious when walking around.
Just simple things like not wearing earphones, and wearing bright colored clothing can greatly help a pedestrian avoid being hit by a car.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Of course you hope the day never comes when you need a personal injury lawyer in Orange County, but accidents do happen.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident with a truck, electric scooter, car, or even a motorcyclist, you don’t want to fight the insurance companies by yourself.
Daniel Kim is a local Anaheim injury attorney with a proven track record of winning cases for his clients.
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim we only deal with motor vehicle accident cases (Uber, truck, car, bicycle, motorcycle) so our experience is very valuable when we have to deal with the insurance companies.
Most injury law firms in Anaheim take on clients with cases from dog bites to slip and falls in a Walmart, but that experience won’t help a car accident victim who needs a real expert.
When you hire Daniel Kim and his staff you don’t have to worry about paying any fees upfront, because if we don’t win your case then you don’t pay us any fees.
You can contact us 7 days a week and 24 hours a day with any questions.
With over 1000 reviews on Yelp and Google, Daniel Kim has established himself as one of the best pedestrian accident lawyers in Anaheim.
Once the medical bills start piling up from the ambulance and hospitals, etc., then you’ll start getting calls from the insurance companies, and on top of that you might find out the police report is wrong and you need it fixed.
This type of stuff is what our law firm will deal with for you from day one, so call us today for a FREE consultation.
What Is My Pedestrian Accident Settlement Worth
Every pedestrian accident we deal with is very different, and in turn each settlement we negotiate is unique.
Daniel Kim is a very experienced and aggressive injury attorney that doesn’t let the insurance companies push him around.
There are so many factors that go into an injury claim and the compensation that is ultimately awarded.
Certain things like who is at fault and severity of the injuries will affect the settlement and the case, along with –
- Fault – your lawyers and insurance companies will determine fault
- Recovery – if you have permanent injuries you’ll get more money
- Injuries – more severe injuries of course give way to larger settlement
- Lost wages – if you missed work or will miss future work due to accident
Don’t just sit around and pretend the insurance company is your best friend, you need to contact a lawyer today for answers.
Common Injuries From a Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians jogging, running, walking or even just sitting on a bench can be hit by negligent cars or trucks and sustain a wide variety of injuries.
A pedestrian on the streets of Anaheim is vulnerable to an accident and must take every precaution to stay safe.
There are many factors that play into how bad a pedestrian will get hurt.
Things like how fast was the car going, type of vehicle, and of course the pedestrian’s age and health can play a role.
Some of the most common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents:
- Soft tissue injuries – this includes bruises, cuts, sprains and tears
- Broken bones – maybe the most common injury in a pedestrian accident are broken arms, ankles, legs, wrists etc.
- Head trauma – includes concussions, skull fractures, blood clots and internal bleeding
- Amputations – accidental loss of limbs and extremities
- Back and spine – the spinal cord keeps the brain and body working together and just a small injury can be traumatic.
- Internal organ injuries – these can occur when the body is crushed in an accident
- Wrongful death – the worst case of all is when a pedestrian is killed from a car crash.
California Pedestrian Laws and Right of Way
When we were children most of our elders did their best to teach us about crossing a busy road and how to stay safe while walking around traffic.
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are on the rise according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
We know that every pedestrian is at risk on our streets but older adults and children are said to be more at risk when traveling in a wheelchair, stroller or on foot.
As a pedestrian you want to be as careful as possible and follow California vehicle codes.
These laws 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.
- Jaywalking is a big problem and should never be done. The pedestrian can be held liable for an accident if doing this.
- As long as a pedestrian is crossing at an intersection or a marked cross walk, they have the right away.
- Do not stop in a sidewalk because this will always put a pedestrian in danger if they have to walk around your car.
- The only time you can drive on a sidewalk is when you are entering (or exiting) a garage or alleyway.
- Allow for sufficient time for a pedestrian to cross the road before driving.
Certain rules apply to blind pedestrians
At any time, a visually impaired or blind person may cross the street using a long white cane, guide dog or other type of aid.
It is important to be aware of this in order to make for safer streets.
In Anaheim there are severe fines for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and laws are taken very seriously for their protection.
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.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Whenever a pedestrian is hit by a car it can (and many times does) end up very bad for the pedestrian.
If you have been injured by a driver in a pedestrian accident here in Anaheim then you will want to contact a top Orange County personal injury lawyer like Daniel Kim.
Some of the situations that involve pedestrian accidents are below:
Crosswalk accidents – sadly it’s very common for drivers in Anaheim to ignore crosswalks and strike a pedestrian in the process.
Intersection accidents – many times when a vehicle is turning at an intersection the driver won’t look for people walking.
Back over accidents – happens more than you might think. People reversing out of a driveway or parking spot in a mall, etc.
Hit and run – this occurs when a driver might be drunk or not have a license etc., but leaving an injured pedestrian is inhumane.
Anaheim Pedestrian Accident Statistics
With its large population of a clustered highways and bustling urban centers, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the state of California would represent so many automotive related fatalities compared to the rest of the country.
According to Department of Transportation statistics, California’s responsible for 11% of all US auto related deaths.
In the year 2017 alone 3898 deaths and 276,823 injuries were reported on roadways throughout the state of California.
Whenever you’re talking about an automotive related accident involving pedestrians the odds of serious injury and fatalities increases significantly.
In Orange County alone 63 pedestrians lost their lives in 2016 after being involved in an automobile related accident.
Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents In Anaheim 2017
Injury rates in Anaheim for pedestrian accidents are also quite high, with more than 870 pedestrians injured in these types of automobile accidents throughout 2017.
The amount of pedestrian fatalities has increased 27% from between 2007 and 2016 while all other traffic related deaths have decreased by 14% over that same stretch of time.
Pedestrian Accident Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious problem throughout America, but it’s a major problem here in the state of California and in Anaheim in particular.
11% of all drivers involved in automotive accidents are found to have consumed drugs before they slid behind the wheel of their vehicle.
And driving while under the influence of alcohol related accidents are up more than 23% over the past five years as well.
Pedestrian Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver
Distracted driving is one of the top three causes of automobile accidents in the state of California, with 75% of all California drivers reporting that they use their smart phone while they are operating their motor vehicle.
This is one of the leading causes of distracted driving, and it’s shocking that California drivers do so while understanding that it’s against the law and incredibly dangerous.
80% of all motor vehicle accidents are found to have been caused by at least some sort of inattentive driving as well. This is a major problem that needs its trend reversed ASAP.
Dangerous Intersections In Anaheim For Pedestrians
Some dangerous intersections in Anaheim for pedestrians right now are-
- Ball Road and Knott Ave
- Anaheim Boulevard and Haster Street
- Brookhurst Street and La Palma Avenue
How Many People Visited Disneyland In 2017?
According to the folks at Disney, just over 18 million people visited Disneyland in Anaheim during 2017.
Just think about 18 additional people in Orange County that are walking all over Anaheim and OC.
This amount of people walking around just adds to the chances of more pedestrian deaths in the Anaheim area.