Lake Forest Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Seeing people walk in Lake Forest is nothing out of the ordinary.
With nice weather and a low crime rate, residents of Lake Forest walk to work, the store, the gym, etc.
Of course one of the hazards of walking all over town is that you risk being involved in a pedestrian accident.
There are things you can do to protect yourself as a pedestrian like wear bright clothing, don’t walk with headphones in, and don’t jaywalk, but even when you follow these tips there is still a chance you’ll be hit by a car or motorcycle, UPS driver, etc.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Lake Forest pedestrian accident then contact us today for a FREE consultation and no obligation phone call.
Don’t delay in getting help if you’ve been injured, because time is not on your side.
Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
The most important thing in any personal injury lawsuit is the lawyer that you hire to represent you.
Daniel Kim and his legal staff have years of experience helping pedestrian accident victims here in Lake Forest.
Most importantly Daniel Kim is a compassionate person that truly cares about all of his clients, and this is why Daniel has over 1000 positive reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and Google.
Many injury victims make the mistake of thinking they don’t want (or don’t need a lawyer) and instead they battle the insurance companies alone.
The insurance companies are not interested in paying you for your injuries, instead the insurance company wants to deny an accident claim if possible.
When you start seeing medical bills, ambulance bills, and insurance adjusters texting you everyday, you’ll realize that having a top Lake Forest pedestrian accident on your side is crucial.
Recovering from injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident is very stressful and physically grueling, the last thing you need to worry about is the insurance company.
We are here to help in any way we can, and we’ll fight for your legal rights all the way, no matter how long your injury settlement takes.
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Common Injuries From a Pedestrian Accident In Lake Forest
Every day in the city of Lake Forest and throughout the state, pedestrians are out on the streets walking, running, jogging and enjoying the beautiful weather that California has to offer.
Some will leave the car at home or take mass transit to work and pedestrians can be seen in the neighborhoods crossing streets and crosswalks on a regular basis.
There are dangers to being a pedestrian around motor vehicles driving reckless or just unaware of the people around them.
This can lead to injury with the pedestrian always getting the worst of the accident.
Injuries and even fatalities can occur, and if you ever find yourself or a family member being the victim in a pedestrian accident it is best to get help from an Orange County attorney that specializes in these types of unfortunate situations.
Most common injuries we see from pedestrian accidents:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – (TBI) This type of injury is very common and quite damaging when a pedestrian hits his head on a vehicle or the pavement.
- Bone Fractures – Any area of the body can be affected by broken bones depending on where the impact is located. Legs, arms and rib areas are common and very dangerous when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle.
- Lacerations– This type of injury can be very painful and take a while to heal as it really depends on the location and how deep the wound is. Permanent scarring and surgery may be required if serious enough.
- Spinal cord injury – (SCI) This injury of the spine can cause temporary or even permanent paralysis, fractures and impact to the spine are debilitating and serious.
- Amputations – This can occur when limbs (arms, legs, toes, fingers) are either crushed or cut off by a catastrophic pedestrian accident.
Common Types Of Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents happen everyday that are very random, that is why they are called accidents.
There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents may occur but we have listed the most common types below.
Speeding (When a driver of a vehicle is driving at excessive speeds the chance of an accident increases. When pedestrians are involved with a speeding vehicle injury is inevitable.)
Driving distracted (It is easy to hit a pedestrian when the driver is not completely focused on the road. Talking, texting etc. are all dangerous and can lead to pedestrian being hit.)
Drunk driving (As much as society and our legal system discourages this type of behavior driving intoxicated is still a major problem and a cause of pedestrian accidents.)
Failing to yield (When a driver does not properly yield and proceed with caution at an intersection, pedestrians can find themselves being hit in the crosswalk)
Kids playing (This is a scary one. When little kids run after a ball in the road or are playing as children do, pedestrian accidents can happen. When driving in the residential neighborhoods pay close attention and lookout for these types of situations.
California Pedestrian Laws and Right of Way
Remember, a pedestrian is a person on foot as well as a person on a skateboard or roller skates etc. A person with a disability in a wheelchair is also considered a pedestrian and the laws apply to them as well.
As a pedestrian in California there are rules and laws that everyone on the roads must obey in order to keep the streets safe for all.
Lake Forest is a beautiful city with excellent weather, and car and truck drivers must be aware of pedestrians at all time.
These laws below must be observed by pedestrians and anybody driving a motor vehicle.
- Don’t drive on a sidewalk, except when you are crossing it to enter or exit a driveway or side street. Always yield to pedestrians when crossing.
- When a pedestrian is crossing the street, a driver must always allow the proper time for them to get to the other side of the road safely.
- Jaywalking is illegal. Pedestrians should never jaywalk, and if a car gets into a wreck while trying to avoid a jaywalker, then that pedestrian can be held liable.
- When a driver enters a roundabout, they must always proceed with caution allowing the right a way to any pedestrian crossing the street.
- A blind pedestrian is subject to the same right-of-way guidelines as all other pedestrians. Drivers must be extra careful because they are at an even greater risk of harm.
Lake Forest California Pedestrian Accident Stats
A medium-size city in Orange County, California the roads, highways, and freeways in Lake Forest are some of the safest in Southern California – for motorists as well as for pedestrians.
According to the most recently available data from the California Department of Transportation, Lake Forest has fewer than 0.8 car accidents per 1000 people living in the city limits.
That’s much better than the overall California State average.
How Many Deaths From Pedestrian Accidents In Lake Forest
The good news is that while there were some pedestrian accidents reported in 2017 there weren’t any fatalities reported as a direct result of these kinds of traffic accidents in Lake Forest over that stretch of time.
How Many Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents In Lake Forest
The pedestrian injury rates in Lake Forest were similar to the overall California State average, with just over 95% of all pedestrian accidents reporting at least one injury as a direct result of these traffic incidents.
% Of Pedestrian Accidents Involve A Drunk Or Distracted Driver
Motorists sliding behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and continues to be a challenge in Lake Forest (as well as the rest of the state of California, for that matter).
According to the California Highway Patrol, arrests and charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol are up 30% over the last five years.
On top of that, 11% of all motor vehicle accidents in the state of California have been found to be caused by motorists operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
Distracted driving is another issue in Lake Forest (and nationwide) with 80% of all traffic accidents being caused in at least some way by driver inattention.
How Many People Live In Lake Forest
The latest reported population numbers for Lake Forest (accurate as of 2017) has 84,293 people living inside the city limits.
The population of Lake Forest has been growing over the last 20 years, with a population increase of just north of 43.6% since the year 2000.
Bad Intersections In Lake Forest For Pedestrian Accidents
There are a number of dangerous intersections in this community for pedestrians and motorists alike, but the most dangerous intersections in Lake Forest have to be:
- Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive
- Jeronimo Road and El Toro Road
- Rockefeller Road and Blake Parkway