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SANTA ANA: Boy, 6, Injured After Struck by Car in Driveway

Monday, June 18th, 2012

SANTA ANA, California – A 6-year-old boy was seriously injured Sunday night after he was reportedly pinned against a block wall by a driver pulling into his car into a driveway in the 1200 block of West Highland Street near Shelton Street, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

According to the article, the male driver in his 30s was pulling into the driveway about 7:30 p.m. when the boy allegedly ran in front of the vehicle and was struck. However, the driver told police he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. The boy was pinned against the wall causing severe trauma to his stomach. Paramedics transported the boy to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and remained hospitalized the following day.

The initial investigation revealed that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

“Hopefully this child will fully recover from this accident and receive the best medical care available in Orange County, “ said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “While the driver never intended to hurt this child, his insurance company must be held accountable for the boy’s injuries in the short term and future medical costs.”

Orange County Car Accident Statistics

There were 141 deaths and 13,373 injuries recorded in Orange County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved one. Many insurance companies will try to settle with victims of car accidents as quickly as possible, but they do not take into account future medical needs, lost wages, support and other costs due to the car accident. It’s important that car accident victims have a lawyer represent them so they are not cheated by insurance agents who put their own best interests first.

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The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, San Diego, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Pedestrians are the most vulnerable victims of traffic accidents. Unlike occupants of vehicles, motorcyclists or bicyclists, they have no protection if they are hit by a vehicle.

Most people would guess that children are the most likely to be injured or killed in a car accident, but actually they are the least likely, according to National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) statistics.

In fact, the older you get the more likely you will be injured or killed in a pedestrian traffic accident, NTHSA statistics show.

The lowest pedestrian death rate is for children, but it gets higher and higher as people age with the highest death rate for pedestrians ages 70 years old and up. Also, over the past three decades, senior pedestrian accidents increased while other age groups have shown significant decreases. Since 1975, this age group’s pedestrian accident rate has actually grown by 77%.  Seniors ages 74 to 85 years old, however, are the most likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident.

In California, the number of seniors ages 65 years who were killed in pedestrian traffic accidents was up 4.6% in 2010 from 145 in 2009 to 150 in 2010, according to a report issued in February 2012 by the California Office for Traffic Safety.

Nationally, senior pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% (775) of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 8 % (5,000) of all pedestrians injured in 2009, according to the NHTSA. Yet seniors make up roughly 13% of the population, making the number of pedestrian accidents among this age group significantly high.

So why are more seniors getting injured or killed in pedestrian traffic accidents? One explanation is that many of them tend to be slower than the rest of the majority of the population. Countdown clocks at major roads allow enough time for the average adult to cross the street, but many seniors need more time to cross and impatient drivers may run them down.

“Many seniors in California are quite active and enjoy walking and getting outdoors to exercise,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Spending more time exercising is great, but sometimes seniors like other adults take shortcuts in unmarked crosswalks and this can be a deadly decision.”

Indeed, roughly 72% of all pedestrian accidents are killed while crossing outside of a marked intersection and 70% are killed in the nighttime, according to NHTSA.

Certainly there are risks for every pedestrian on our roadways so our drivers need to be attentive, patient and exercise caution around pedestrians – especially our seniors.

The Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada with a staff knowledgeable about all matters involving personal injury victims such as those involved in a pedestrian accident. We have offices to serve you in Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California.

For more information check out our website theseegmillerlawfirm.com.  If you have a personal injury claim you would like to discuss call our expert attorneys call us for a free expert opinion on the matter at 1-855-ASK WEST.