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Huntington Beach pedestrian accidents on rise in 2009. Beware of your City streets and changes the City should make to protect you from vehicle accidents.

Pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach, is your city safe?

Recent reports of accidents involving pedestrians in Huntington Beach give people who walk around Huntington Beach legitimate grounds for concern.  Huntington Beach is a place where many of us like to walk, along PCH, Main Street and to the pier.  However, you may not feel as safe after reading these statistics. Here are a few more notable cases.

A 14 year old boy in Huntington Beach was killed last year.  The driver was texting while driving.  Despite the conviction, the boy’s life cannot be restored. http://www.thecaliforniainjurylawyer.com/blog/a-california-jury-decides-in-rapid-fire-that-defendant-guilty-of-manslaughter-for-texting-while.cfm

William Wigfall was struck by a car on Beach Blvd at Warner.  He was 25 and died from his injuries.  Little is known about the accident, but the driver 37-year-old Jinmei Jiang of Temple City struck him causing his death. 

A 42-year-old man, Isidoro Cardozo, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Huntington Beach on December 6, 2008.  According to the OC Register, Cardozo was crossing Beach Boulevard.

A 70-year-old woman, Olga Reveles,  was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident in February of this year during the evening on PCH at Ninth Street. 

According to the National Center for Statistics during the 1999-2000 year, 11 fatalities occurred in Huntington Beach, 4 involving pedestrians.  According to the California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities involving pedestrians in 2007 a drop from previous studies, but still significant for the population of Huntington Beach.  It appears that 2009 will turn out to be a more dangerous year as evidenced by the more notable cases listed above. 

What can citizens of Huntington Beach do to protect themselves?  One suggestion is to push for more legislation to protect city residents.  Fines are ridiculously small for pedestrian accidents.  The City can penalize drivers more rigorously when they violate pedestrian rights.  In a community like Huntington Beach, where cycling and walking is a way of life, the City can campaign to make the cities safer, post warnings to out of City residents that pedestrians are vital to the City and need to be protected, and the City counsel can impose more restrictions on speed and emphasize safety of pedestrians in more traveled areas.  Most deaths involve vehicles traveling in excess of 30 MPH, so those streets should be examined more rigorously.

Additionally, many accidents involving pedestrians are unfairly investigated because the pedestrian’s version is not available.  This leads to a general apathy toward protecting pedestrians.  Pedestrians have been at fault for 68% of the accidents in Huntington Beach according to a Los Angeles Times investigative report.  That may not be accurate, especially when the pedestrian is not able to speak for themselves. 

According to Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney James Ballidis, a lot of evidence can still be obtained through investigation of physical evidence.  The location of the accident is a first indicator of fault.  Was the accident within the confines of a crosswalk or near an intersection?  Expert evaluation is also useful to determine if a pedestrian was carried or thrown from the initial impact site.  The City of Huntington Beach can hire an independent expert to review all accidents and scenes for a year (5 investigations total) and obtain an opinion on the accuracy of the accident investigation and conclusions, while also examining the accident location for flaws in design or the roadway and signage.  A particular intersection can be dangerous because there is inadequate lighting or protection of the pedestrian.

Where there is a death or serious injury due to an accident, the family or the injured person should immediately consult with an attorney to make sure all physical evidence is preserved and the accident is documented.  Otherwise the family may be just another statistic of lost life, and without any recourse.  Contact us if you need to speak to a Huntington Beach pedestrian accident attorney.  Call us at 1 888 752-7474.  Your inquiry will be confidential and free.

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