The 43-year-old man who was struck and killed in a Santa Ana pedestrian accident has been identified as a Costa Mesa resident. According to reports, the man was crossing Harbor Boulevard near 17th Street on January 13, 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south, Santa Ana police officials said.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, in 2006, in the city of Santa Ana, there were seven Santa Ana wrongful deaths of pedestrians and 127 personal injuries attributed to pedestrian accidents. In Orange County as a whole, there were 45 deaths and 802 injuries attributed to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Our firm’s skilled pedestrian accident attorneys will look into whether a dangerous roadway may have contributed to this deadly pedestrian accident. If that is the case then the city of Santa Ana could be held liable by the friends and family of the departed, who are going through the emotional trauma of not having their loved one.
There is very little information about whether this man was walking in a crosswalk. If he was in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, California Vehicle Code requires that the motorist yield right-of-way. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
If he was not in a crosswalk and walking in traffic lanes, then it would be important to look at whether the motorist had adequate time to stop. Was he mindful of his surroundings or were driver distractions the cause of wrongful death in this instance?
As pedestrian accident lawyers, we know that it is also important to identify the negligent parties in this case and then make sure that they help pay any medical bills for injured persons or whatever penance the court sees fit to dole out.
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.