Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Santa Ana
According to the most recent statistics provided by the California Highway Patrol, Santa Ana has the highest number of pedestrian accidents in Orange County. This is an amazing thing to think about when you consider the number of people out and about in beach communities such as Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach. Yet the highest number of both injury accidents and fatal accidents involving pedestrians can be found in the county seat of Orange County – Santa Ana. Unfortunately, a Santa Ana pedestrian accident often includes a hit and run driver. Who pays for injuries in these cases?
My name is Rivers J. Morrell, III and I have more than 40 years experience helping residents of Santa Ana and Orange County California who have been struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian. The streets of Santa Ana are busy and speeds can be higher than those that might be optimal for the degree of pedestrian traffic. Accidents happen not only at intersections downtown, but in driveways and parking lots around the courthouse plaza and surrounding business and shopping districts.
When Pedestrian Accidents Involve Hit and Run or Drunk Drivers
Many pedestrian involved accidents are classified as “hit and run” motor vehicle accidents. Drivers may leave the scene for several reasons, but the two most common are a concern about drunk driving (the driver will test positive for DUI) or lack of insurance. I’d like to think that neither situation justifies leaving the scene of hitting a pedestrian with your car (and the law agrees), but injury in a Santa Anna pedestrian accident happens more often in Santa Ana than any of us would like. What happens in these cases?
Hit and run drivers are often later identified as a result of:
- Witness reports
- Traffic Cameras and Other Related Video and Photo Surveillance
- Self Reporting By a Repentant Driver
Some may never be apprehended. In those cases many families and accident victims are left worried about who is going to pay for the associated medical bills? Hit and run accidents require a high degree of legal skill and expertise. I’ve managed thousands of these types of cases over my career, and the path to recovery can be challenging. The first source of recovery is actually your own Uninsured or Under-Insured Motorist Coverage. Many of my clients are surprised by the resulting battle with their own insurance company to recover from insurance they’ve been paying premiums upon for years.
Contact a Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, I invite you to call me at (949) 305-1400 for a free consultation, or contact my office to set up an appointment. I will aggressively pursue all options to help offset your medical costs, lost wages and to mitigate the disruptive and painful experience you’ve been forced to undergo. We’ll work together to set things right, and to get you moving forward on the road to the recovery.