7 Year Old Nearly Dies of Orange County Pedestrian Accident

I can't imagine anything more painful than seeing your child harmed and not being able to do anything about it.  But this is exactly what happened on Tuesday night when a 7 year old darted into the street in Santa Ana, CA and was struck by a car.  Her mother watched helplessly as her child was struck and then dragged an additional 15 feet.

This single mother was understandably terrified that she may lose her daughter.  As new residents moving into the neighborhood, it was also a sobering lesson on street safety in the neighborhood.  Following multiple surgeries, the child is stabilizing.

Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Devastating

It's no secret that pedestrian accidents can be life altering.  In the blink of an eye, your entire life could change.  Cars are huge machines that weigh anywhere between 700lbs to 1 ton.  With that much steel, your body doesn't stand a chance.  Our bodies aren't meant to withstand that kind of pressure, no matter how many times popular medical dramas show you otherwise.

Pedestrians struck by cars can suffer the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal and back injuries
  • Severe scarring, burns
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Death
Protect Yourself

Cars can seemingly come out of nowhere sometimes.  And even when you feel you've alerted the driver to your presence, they may not see you.  Therefore, it's up to you to try to take as many precautions as possible to ensure your safety.  This includes:

  • Wearing bright colors or reflective gear at night
  • Not darting out into the street
  • Looking before you cross
  • Keeping within cross walk lines
  • Letting cars pass before crossing behind them

If You Have Been Injured

If you are a pedestrian that has been struck by a car, your entire life could change overnight.  You may be seriously injured and require years of care to try and repair your damaged body.  You may never work again. Don't suffer needlessly. Instead, consider calling a skilled personal injury attorney to obtain the help you need.