Garden Grove, CA (November 30, 2022) – On Monday night, November 28, an accident was reported in Garden Grove involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that tragically resulted in the pedestrian’s death.
According to reports from the police, the accident occurred around 6:45 p.m. when a pedestrian was walking through the intersection on Chapman Avenue near Medina Drive when a vehicle that was traveling on Chapman Avenue did not see the pedestrian and crashed into the pedestrian. The pedestrian was forcefully thrown to the ground by the force of the impact.
Paramedics were immediately called and arrived on the scene within minutes and located the pedestrian, who was unresponsive in the roadway. Paramedics assessed the pedestrian’s injuries and provided medical care. The pedestrian sustained very severe injuries. Sadly, the pedestrian’s injuries were too severe, and he passed away at the accident scene The pedestrian’s name has not been released at this time, pending notification of his next of kin.
Police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. Officers closed the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Medina Drive for several hours as the victim was treated and police conducted their investigation. The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the accident. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the authorities conducting the investigation.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
In 2018, almost 900 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents in California, an increase of 25 percent since 2014. This is an alarming increase over just a few years and continues to increase with each passing year. There is nothing a pedestrian can do to protect themselves from suddenly being hit by a car, and they are especially vulnerable to suffering severe injuries or fatalities if hit.
Under California law, drivers are held to a high standard of care for operating their vehicles, which is called a duty of care. Drivers must act reasonably under all circumstances and exercise caution to not cause harm to another with their vehicle. This standard is in place because the law recognizes that a vehicle can inflict great harm on others if not operated carefully. The duty of care requires that drivers be cautious around pedestrians and not cause them harm. Therefore, the duty of care requires drivers to keep a lookout for pedestrians and operate their vehicles in such a manner to maintain control and avoid hitting or causing harm to a pedestrian on the sidewalk, crosswalk, road, or wherever else they come in contact with the pedestrian. This duty of care is breached when a pedestrian is hit by a car.
If someone you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, a wrongful death suit may be filed seeking compensation for damages incurred, which may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. While no monetary value can replace your loved one’s life, a wrongful death suit can bring closure and ease the stress of financial burdens caused by your loved one’s death. Insurance companies have strict filing deadlines, so you will want to speak to an attorney soon to get the process started.
If you have lost somebody you love in a pedestrian car accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Garden Grove wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer, so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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