Tragedy struck in the popular Seal Beach, in Orange County when two beach goers were critically wounded by a commercial van driver who apparently lost control of the vehicle while driving at top speed. The women, in their early 60s sustained varying degrees of injuries, but were lucky enough to find sympathizers who hurriedly transported them to the Long Beach Memorial Hospital just a few minutes after the accident.
On getting to the hospital, one of the women was found to be in a critical but stable condition while the other sustained moderately serious injuries. One of the women had suffered a broken hip, while the second had injured her wrist. According to a statement reportedly obtained from the driver of the van, the women were walking along the crosswalk and it appeared the driver didnâ€™t notice them, even though he obeyed all traffic rules.
No arrests were made after the incident, and it appears the driver was not under the influence of drugs, and fortunately both women appear to be in stable conditions but will likely remain in the hospital for a few days.
According to the latest pedestrian deaths and injury statistics, the state of California leads the entire country in the number of fatalities recorded between 2014 and 2015. For the second year in a row, more than 600 pedestrians were reported to have died in motor vehicle accidents in California each year. In 2015, about 700 pedestrians were reported dead, according to preliminary findings by the Governors Highway Safety Association. In the year 2013, some 701 pedestrians were reported to have died in the same state from auto accidents.
California Stateâ€™s population has been increasing steadily over the years, so also are the number of pedestrianâ€“auto accidents. In the year 2013, some 4,735 pedestrians were reported to have been killed on US roadways, and it appears that lack of proper pedestrian education, law enforcements and engineering problems account for the main reasons for these accidents. Despite government efforts in increasing auto safety, the percentage of pedestrian accidents compared to other forms of motor vehicle deaths has steadily risen. In California, 23% of all motor vehicle accidents were pedestrians, a record considered to be higher than the National average.
If you or your loved one have suffered injuries as a result of a pedestrian collision, speaking with a car accident attorney near Seal Beach can help you substantially. Our office provides free consultations to those who have been injured as a result of negligence throughout the state of California.
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