Marnie J. Lippincott has been arrested in the Newport Beach motor vehicle accident that left a teenager with critical injuries. Lippincott, a Costa Mesa woman, is facing charges of DUI and causing injury.
The victim, 17-year-old Crystal Morales, is a high school senior. She is receiving treatment at a Santa Ana hospital where, according to the Daily Pilot, she has been placed in an induced coma. Morales also has been suffering from internal bleeding, brain swelling, head trauma, and other internal injuries.
The Orange County, California pedestrian accident took place on Irvine Avenue as Morales was walking in a crosswalk at Margaret Avenue. Other pedestrian accidents have occurred at this crosswalk.
According to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, school officials have been working with the city of Newport Beach to improve crosswalk safety. A lot of students reportedly cross Irvine Avenue to retrieve their parked cars.
Orange County, California Pedestrian Accidents
Per statistics, between 2000 and 2009 over 47,700 people have been killed and more than 688,000 others were injured in US pedestrian accidents. Are state and federal traffic safety officials doing enough to make sure that crosswalks, sidewalks, and other areas that are designated for pedestrians are safe?
Unfortunately, some accidents do occur because a road was designed in a way that proved more dangerous than safe. In such instances, an injured pedestrian and/or his family may have grounds for an Orange County, California personal injury claim or wrongful death case against the entity or entities involved. Other common causes of pedestrian accidents include pedestrian error, distracted driving, speeding, running a red light, failure to stop in time, failure to obey traffic signs, poor visibility due to weather or road conditions, drunk driving, drugged driving, and other forms of driver negligence.
You want to work with a Newport Beach personal injury law firm that is experienced in handling Orange County, California pedestrian accident cases.
Pedestrian injuries can be incredibly debilitating and potentially life-altering. Broken bones, traumatic brain injury, head trauma, spinal cord injury, fractures, disfigurement, internal injuries, emotional trauma, and mental anguish are just some of the serious injuries that can occur.
Remember that California is a pure comparative fault state. This means that even if the injured party played a role in causing his/her injuries, the victim still may be entitled to a partial recovery of any damages awarded according to the percentage of blame allotted to any other parties. There may be more than one party that should be held liable.
Student hit in crosswalk remains in critical condition, Daily Pilot, December 7, 2011
Driver suspected of hitting teen held on $100,000 bail, OC Register, December 7, 2011
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