Santa Ana, CA - Pedestrian Accident on W 17th St Leaves Teenager Seriously Hurt, Hospitalized

Santa Ana, CA – Pedestrian Accident on W 17th St Leaves Teenager Seriously Hurt, Hospitalized

Santa Ana, CA (July 11, 2023) – Officers with the Santa Ana Police Department are now investigating a serious pedestrian accident that occurred on Monday afternoon, July 10.

According to the SAPD, police fielded witness calls of a person lying in the street near 2000 West 17th Street at about 2:45 p.m. on Monday.

Officers arrived and found the pedestrian critically injured and lying on the road. Firefighters from Orange County Fire Authority were also dispatched to assist before EMTs arrived at the scene a short time later. The victim was transported and admitted to a nearby hospital, where they remain in serious condition.

A preliminary inquiry indicated that the pedestrian, a teenage girl, was crossing 17th Street heading north when she was hit by a car heading west.

The driver apparently stayed at the scene, but details surrounding the incident remain unclear. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, although police have ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor.

Our thoughts go out to the injured victim and her family. We hope for her full recovery.

Pedestrian Accidents in Orange County

It goes without saying that being a pedestrian in California can be outright dangerous, particularly as an increasing number of pedestrians are being hit by vehicles across the Golden State. This is a growing problem for California, resulting in pedestrians sustaining severe injuries or being killed on our state’s roadways all too often.

In fact, in 2018, authorities statewide reported almost 900 deaths from pedestrians being hit by vehicles, which has increased by 25% since 2014.

Pedestrians should know the dangers that may quickly become a reality in an instant and be on the lookout around vehicles, especially since they’re far more vulnerable to serious injuries or fatalities. By taking a few precautions and following a few safety tips, pedestrians ensure they’re doing everything they can to remain proactive and avoid these incidents as much as possible.

The following suggestions can go a long way when it comes to pedestrians, bicyclists, and others staying safe:

  • Wear brightly-colored clothes with reflectors and a flashlight if walking at night.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk.
  • Make eye contact with drivers, and don’t assume they see you or will stop for you.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Obey traffic signals.

That said, if someone you love was hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident, you might be able to seek compensation for damages you’ve incurred. Filing a suit against the party responsible for your loved one’s death can bring closure to their passing and ease the stress of financial burdens caused by their accident. Of course, insurance companies and state law impose strict filing deadlines, so you will want to speak to an attorney as soon as you can.

If you have sustained injuries or lost somebody you love in a pedestrian car accident, speak with a legal advocate you can trust at Russell & Lazarus, APC. Please do not hesitate to contact our Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer at (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. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.

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