With the influx of tourists during the summer months, pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach are on the rise. The majority of those in and around Huntington Beach restaurants, beaches, shopping and retail areas are tourists or visitors to the area, and they are unfamiliar with area traffic patterns and street locations. Each year Huntington Beach endures more pedestrian accidents than almost any other location in Orange County. A human being is no match for a heavy motor vehicle and these accidents almost always result in serious injuries to the pedestrian.
A large number of pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach and throughout Southern California are unfortunately hit and run drivers. Who pays for injuries received as a pedestrian in a hit and run accident? Many injured victims are surprised to learn that their own automobile policy is the first source of coverage. The uninsured motorist / under-insured motorist section (UM/UIM) covers injuries received in hit and run accidents, even if you are a pedestrian.
Fatal pedestrian accidents caused by the negligence of a motor vehicle driver are known in California as a “wrongful death” case. The family of the victim in the fatal accident must bring a civil wrongful death action against the party or parties responsible for the accident.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney in Orange County I can tell you that wrongful death cases, and serious accidents resulting in permanent injury require experience, expertise and a successful track record in trial verdicts in order to achieve the best possible result. Insurance companies track every injury attorney, and are well aware of those with the experience and expertise to go to trial and win, versus those who have never tried a case.
Pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach are on the rise, and local residents and visitors alike should exercise additional caution. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident or has been the victim of a fatal accident we invite you to call for a free consultation at (949)305-1400.