Intersections in the City of Santa Ana

This year alone, more seven people have been killed on the roadways in Santa Ana including an 7 year old child. Santa Ana is considered to be the most populated city in Orange County, and with this high level of population comes a lot of traffic and even more congestion. During July 2015 the city police were forced to issue tickets to over 90 drivers after a series of pedestrian collisions. This led to the police taking the issue far more seriously and implementing various projects in order to educate drivers about crossroad safety, as well as curbing jaywalking.

Santa Ana Crosswalk Laws

According to section 21950 of the California Vehicle Code if a pedestrian is crossing a roadway within in a marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection the driver of the vehicle must yield the right of way. As well as, when a driver approaches pedestrian within a marked or unmarked crosswalk they should reduce their speed and exercise due care in order to ensure the safety of the pedestrian. However, this does not mean that the pedestrian is not responsible for their own safety. No pedestrian should stop or delay traffic unnecessarily while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Included in the law are certain preventative measures that drivers should take in order to prevent accidents from happening.

  • At red lights and stop signs come to a complete stop, and never go through a yellow light when there is adequate time to slow down.
  • Speed should be reduced when approaching an intersection.
  • In wet conditions more space should be allowed between vehicles.
  • Blind spots should always be checked before making a turn.
  • Right of way needs to be yielded to pedestrians.

Actions Causing Accidents

Speeding

When drivers are already above the speed limit it is much more difficult for them to slow down in anticipation of an intersection or changing light. This will then increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

Distraction

The most common distraction while driving is using a mobile phone, but this can also include looking at a Sat Nav, fiddling with the radio and even eating. Being distracted means that drivers are not able to pay attention to the traffic signals around them and they will miss changes in the flow of traffic. Many accidents have been caused as a result of distracted drivers.

Intoxication

Driving while intoxicated will dramatically increase the likelihood of a motor accident. Drunk drivers are more likely to speed and make poor decisions, e.g. turning when it’s not safe or speeding through a red light.

Fatigue

Everyone gets tired, and most people will drive while their tired but there is a difference between general tiredness and fatigue. When drivers are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel they pose a danger to themselves and the people around them.

Car Accidents – Who’s Responsible?

If you have been the victim of a car accident and the driver involved was acting recklessly, e.g. speeding or driving while intoxicated then you have the right to hold them liable for any injuries that have been caused to you. It is possible that you could make a claim for compensation in order to recover any financial losses you have suffered as well as recompensing you for the pain and inconvenience you have suffered as a result of the accident. A successful personal injury claim will see the claimant receiving compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential as well as pain and suffering damages. However, this is not always the case as many victims are unaware of their rights. It’s important that you seek professional help as soon as possible following the accident.

Who Can Help?

You will no doubt be dealing with an insurance company in the aftermath of your accident, and this can be extremely difficult and stressful. As well as, insurance companies will always do their absolute best to give the lowest pay-out possible, meaning that many victims do not receive the full amount of compensation that they deserve. Don’t let yourself become one of these victims. You deserve more than that. Before you make any legal decisions it’s important that you gather any evidence that prove the fault of the accident. For example, collect statements from any witnesses, seek medical attention and ask for a full report of your injuries and the causes. It is also worthwhile for you to write down your own version of events. When you are ready to get the compensation that you deserve make sure you contact one of the experienced Santa Ana accident lawyers at Avrek Law Firm. We will be able to give you expert advice regarding your options and we can also help you navigate all the complexities that surround auto accident cases.

We have long history of providing victims with compensation and we want to help you. Contact us at 949-313-3577.