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Orange County Pedestrian Struck By Police Car


A male pedestrian was injured in an Orange County car accident after a police vehicle struck him. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway in Anaheim the night of December 17, 2010. The man was crossing the street when the Anaheim police vehicle hit him. The male pedestrian sustained injuries in the car accident, but is expected to survive. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this Anaheim pedestrian accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 73 were injured in Anaheim pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 31 fatalities and 785 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Orange County.

What Caused This Injury Car Accident?

Police have not released the details and circumstances of this pedestrian accident. We do know however that the pedestrian was in the intersection and the police vehicle was marked but it did not have its sirens on. Under California law, any driver is required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

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.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Liability Issues

Victims of Orange County pedestrian accident may pursue compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy and other related damages. If the police officer driving the vehicle is determined to have been at fault, the officer as well as his or her employer could be held liable. A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims about their legal rights and options. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident, under California Government Code Section 911.2.

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