Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney
Anaheim California is home to some of the most magical and entertaining real estate in the world, but it is also unfortunately home to one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in Orange County. The majority of those walking in and around Anaheim are usually visitors who are unfamiliar with the area, including many foreign nationals. One moment, the family is having a great time and the next moment a pedestrian has been killed in a fatal accident with a car or commercial vehicle.
The California driver’s handbook notes that 1 in 9 accidents resulting in a fatality in California involves a pedestrian. These cases are known as “wrongful death” actions under California law, and they require an experienced lawyer with expertise in these types of cases. I am often asked “what happens if the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk, or was walking through a private parking lot or crossing a driveway?” Generally speaking, in California the pedestrian should have the right of way and in the majority of cases will be given the legal benefit of the doubt.
Compassionate Service for the Family, Aggressive Action to Protect Their Interests
As an experienced wrongful death attorney with more than 40 years of experience I can tell you that these cases are extremely challenging. The family is still recovering from the unexpected and immediate loss of a loved one, and the last thing they want to do is handle insurance claims or arguing with adjusters. The most important thing I can do for these families is to relieve them of the legal burdens associated with their loved one’s case, and manage all communications with the court, insurance companies and law enforcement.
California places a fairly short time limit on the time that the family has to bring a wrongful death action, and it is always important in these cases to preserve critical evidence and witness statements while their memories are fresh. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident in Anaheim, or while they were visiting a local attraction I invite you to contact me for a free consultation at (949)305-1400.
What Happens When The Accident is the Result of a Hit and Run?
In the event of a hit and run I work with law enforcement until the driver is identified and charged. In many cases these drivers were either driving under the influence (DUI), had no insurance or were concerned about the status of their legal residency in the US. If the driver cannot be identified, the primary source of recovery for the family is their own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage (UM/UIM) on their automobile insurance policy. I am constantly reminding anyone who will listen to maximize this inexpensive yet valuable portion of your policy as it protects you in a variety of circumstances.
Contact an Experienced and Proven Anaheim Fatal Pedestrian Accident and Wrongful Death Lawyer
My name is Rivers J. Morrell, III and I have more than 40 years of experience in pedestrian accident and wrongful death cases in Anaheim and across Orange County California. If you have lost someone you love in a Anaheim fatal pedestrian accident while in or visiting the area, please call me personally for a free consultation at (949)305-1400, or contact my office to schedule an appointment. I invite you to review the recommendations of my clients, the legal industry and my peers. I will aggressively pursue your family’s interests and hold those who are responsible for your loss accountable.