Many residents walk in Costa Mesa (instead of driving) because of the nice weather.
Cosa Mesa is well known for its numerous restaurants, bars, and shopping which all draw a lot of foot traffic and residents.
Being hit by a car or truck, even a motorcycle, can cause serious injuries to a pedestrian who has no protection around them when an accident takes place.
As the population continues to grow in Orange County (and in Costa Mesa) it is inevitable that more and more pedestrian accidents will occur.
There are things you can do before and after a pedestrian accident in Costa Mesa, so please read this entire article to get a better understanding of how the laws work to protect pedestrians in OC.
If you were hit by an uninsured driver, a hit an run, or hit by a commercial truck, we can help.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident then you definitely want to contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer here in Costa Mesa.
Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim and his staff have years and years of experience representing pedestrian accident victims in Orange County.
If you are ever injured in a pedestrian accident you don’t want to attempt to fight the insurance companies alone, instead call us for a Free consultation.
In reality, pedestrians are hit (and sometimes killed) in Orange County everyday while walking in a crosswalk or pedestrian crossing.
Pedestrian accidents are very serious and often result in major injuries like brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, which is why you need to hire an experienced lawyer like Daniel Kim.
It is very rare that pedestrians are found to be at fault, but you still want a Top law firm on your side.
Daniel Kim connects clients with the top medical providers in Orange County including physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other.
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How Much Is My Pedestrian Accident Worth
After an accident many pedestrians will ask Google “what is average settlement for being hit by a car” and “can I sue for being hit as a pedestrian?”
Yes insurance companies do use complicated formulas to determine a value for injury accidents, but you can’t just pop in a few numbers into a calculator to quickly get an expected case value.
Remember to educate yourself about having to pay taxes on a personal injury settlement.
There are many, many factors that go into a pedestrian accident settlement, and that is why it’s so important to contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer like Daniel Kim.
Things like who is at fault, how bad are the injuries etc., all play into a settlement.
- Fault – lawyers and insurers will study the accident scene, property damage to determine fault. If the pedestrian is at fault in anyway it can greatly affect the compensation you get, but the police report can help prove fault.
- Recovery – if your injuries are permanent or take a while to heal from you’ll get more money.
- Injuries – of course the severity of your injuries will be a major factor in how much $ you can get.
- Work – if a pedestrian in LA misses work due to the accident (or permanently disabled) then this will for sure increase the possible compensation you get.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents in Costa Mesa
Just like any accident (where somebody suffers an injury), a pedestrian accident can occur due to a million reasons where the driver is at fault.
Sometimes accidents can’t be avoided (that is why they are called accidents), but you can definitely educate yourself and prepare for what could happen.
Below is a breakdown of the most common pedestrian accidents we see in Costa Mesa.
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 – this happens 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 – always a sad situation because many times the pedestrian who is hit might need the driver to call 911 for help. This is common among drivers without car insurance or a license.
Back over accidents – usually a total accident when a driver just backs over a pedestrian, typically takes place in a driveway or parking lot (especially to kids who are small and hard to see).
Common Injuries From a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians that are hit by a car or any motor vehicle usually suffer pretty severe injuries, sometimes even life threatening.
Many variables can affect how severe the injuries are that you suffer –
- how fast was the car going
- type of vehicle
- and of course the pedestrian’s age and health can play a role.
Most common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents:
- Internal injuries – this includes internal bleeding, rib fractures, brain bleeds which are all very serious
- Head trauma – Traumatic brain injuries must be treated with extreme caution
- Pelvic injuries – these are very common
- Broken bones – very most common injury in a pedestrian accident are broken bones
- Lacerations – this type of injury can be very painful and take a while to heal
- Back and spine – Other than death this is the worst. The spinal cord keeps the brain and body working together
- Wrongful death – worst of all is when a pedestrian is killed from a motor vehicle accident
Costa Mesa Pedestrian Laws / Right of Way
As young children most of our parents did their best to teach us about crossing a busy street.
Only being careful doesn’t always give you the right of way as a pedestrian and there are strict laws set forth by California that you need to adhere to.
As a pedestrian it’s always better to “be safe than sorry” and even if you have the right of way it can be wise to just let the cars go ahead of you.
Below is a list of laws that drivers must follow –
Do not stop your vehicle in a crosswalk.
You can only drive a car (or motor vehicle) on a sidewalk when you are entering or exiting a garage or alleyway.
You are not to pass another vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk because the odds are good a pedestrian is crossing.
A driver must always yield the right of way to any pedestrian while they ae crossing a roadway within any crosswalk at an intersection.
And there are rules that will apply to blind pedestrians in Costa Mesa or OC.
In Costa Mesa these laws are taken very seriously, and drivers who don’t follow these laws can be subject to penalty.
Failing to yield to a blind pedestrian can lead to a fine up to $1000 and possible 6 months in jail.
Pedestrian Accidents In Costa Mesa In 2017?
Pedestrian accidents in Costa Mesa are the least likely type of traffic accident in the city, but still almost 1000 people in 2017 were involved in accidents on Costa Mesa roads.
Motorcyclists, cyclists, and truck drivers were all more likely to be involved in auto accidents in Costa Mesa during 2017, compared to pedestrians.
How Many Deaths From Pedestrian Accidents?
In 2017, just five people died after being involved in an automobile accident as a pedestrian – slightly under the California city average of 5.7 people per year dying from this exact same kind of situation.
How Many Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents In Costa Mesa In 2017?
Injuries in these kinds of accidents are quite common when a pedestrian is hit by an automobile, a vehicle that weighs at least a little more than a literal ton – and is usually moving fast.
Over 80% of all pedestrian accidents in Costa Mesa involved some kind of injury.
What % Of Drivers Was on Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents?
Overall instances of drivers operating vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Costa Mesa are down compared to years before.
Pedestrians are still 551% more likely to die if they are involved in a traffic accident where at least one driver was consuming drugs or alcohol.
What % Of These Costa Mesa Pedestrian Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
80% of all accidents in California are reportedly caused at least in part by drivers that were distracted and inattentive while they were behind the wheel and operating their vehicle.
40% of drivers involved in accidents self-report that they were spending time on their cell phone even though it is against the law in the state of California to do so while driving.
What Are The Most Dangerous Intersections In Costa Mesa For Pedestrian Accidents?
Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa (on the west side of the city) is one of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians.
Traffic engineers have reportedly looked at just how dangerous this intersection is.
Finding that drivers can become distracted by the curvature of the road – particularly after the sun has set – and have announced new initiatives to make changes that will make this area safer moving forward
Other dangerous intersections for pedestrians are:
Bristol and Sunflower
Harbor and Sunflower