Pedestrian Accidents Are Surprisingly Frequent On Orange County Roads. We Can Help You Establish Fault And Recover Fair Compensation For Your Injuries.
Pedestrian injuries and deaths on Orange County streets and highways are alarmingly frequent. According to The Orange County Register, in 2015, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Orange County every 6 days. Pedestrian accidents are not only common; they often result in catastrophic injuries for the pedestrian. Typical injuries range from soft tissue damage to broken bones, to severe spinal cord and brain injuries.
While pedestrians are by no means immune from fault in causing accidents, roadway pedestrian accidents are most commonly caused by driver negligence – failure to drive with the necessary care and caution to avoid striking a pedestrian and causing injuries.
Pedestrian Accidents Are A Serious Problem On Our Roads
Analysis by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that annually in the United States, more than 4,500 pedestrians are killed in traffic collisions and over 76,000 are injured. This means that on average, a pedestrian death occurs in the U.S. every two hours and a pedestrian is injured on our roadways every 7 minutes. In fact, a study cited by the CDC found that walking is substantially more dangerous than driving. According to the findings, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
According to the OC Register, in the last 10 years, almost half – 47 percent – of pedestrian fatalities happened when the victim was crossing the street outside a painted crosswalk. While crosswalks do reduce the risk of accidents, in Orange County, 25% of pedestrians killed were in a designated crosswalk when they were hit. The highest numbers of pedestrian accidents in Orange County occur in Santa Ana, while Orange, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and Westminster also experience frequent accidents.
Who Is Most Likely To Be The Victim Of A Pedestrian Accident?
According to the CDC, the most vulnerable among us, older adults and children, are the most common victims of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Individuals over 65 account for 20% of pedestrian fatalities and 9% of all pedestrian injuries. Of children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in crashes, more than 1 in 5 were pedestrians.
Alcohol impairment is a major contributor to these statistics. The CDC reports that alcohol use was a factor in 48% of all accidents that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
If You’ve Been Injured, The Law Offices Of Corbett H. Williams Can Help
The Law Offices Of Corbett H. Williams takes a personalized approach to client representation. Every client is unique and every case is different. We invest the time and work necessary to fully investigate injury claims to enable our clients to recover the greatest amount possible in the shortest period of time.
We provide complete representation and will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your case.
- File and handle all insurance claims.
- Continually communicate with you about the status of your case and answer any questions you might have.
- Represent you at all stages of your legal case including mediation, arbitration and trial.
- Identify doctors who will provide you with quality medical treatment.
Our objective is to provide you with help in a time of need. If you are in the Orange County area and are unable to travel, we will come to you.
Contact Our Orange County Office Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, give the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams a call today at 949-679-9909 for a free consultation. You can also contact us through the form below, and we will respond promptly.