Brad Infanger Newport Beach: Brad Infanger, 41, Died In Newport Beach Truck Accident Near Crystal Cove State Park On East Coast Highway By Reef Point Drive
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA (August 2, 2019) – A pedestrian identified as Brad Infanger has tragically died in a car accident after being hit by a Crystal Cove State Park police officer.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the collision took place sometime around 10:00 a.m. The Newport Beach Police Department received a call that an on-duty Crystal Cove State Park officer hit Brad Infanger.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Brad Infanger. But despite life-saving efforts he was later pronounced dead due to his injuries.
No arrests have been made at this time. The officer that hit Brad Infanger remained at the scene.
Car Accident Statistics
According to one report from the NHTSA, “The fatality rate, measured as deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, dropped to 1.14 in 2018, from 1.16 in 2017.” Pedestrian deaths account for nearly 20% of all fatalities in the United States. Nearly 130,000 pedestrians are seriously injured every year in accidents according to the CDC. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that pedestrian accidents take place:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Disregarding weather conditions
- Driving under the influence
Many accidents take place as drivers are making left hand turns. It’s easy for a driver to become distracted as they are trying to make a left turn and fail to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Road design can also play a significant factor in crashes. If a road is dimly lit or otherwise has an obstructed line of sight this could contribute to an accident. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a pedestrian accident.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
Crystal Cove State Park officers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner to prevent accidents. Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in lawfully marked crosswalks. According to California Vehicle Code 21950 (a), “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.”
If the driver that hit a pedestrian was in an authorized emergency vehicle like a patrol truck liability can be a bit more complicated. According to California Vehicle Code 21055, the driver of an authorize emergency vehicle is exempt from civil suit if the crash takes place during an emergency and the driver warns others with lights and sirens. If no lights and sirens are present the authorized emergency driver is held to the same standard as everyone else.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. If the negligent driver involved in an accident was on-duty the city or state that they work for may face civil liability. Damages in a civil claim can help with medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with filing municipal claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Crystal Cove State Park Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Brad Infanger as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Newport Beach Police Department as they continue their investigation.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate all of the circumstances of a crash and let you know if an officer was negligent. Whether you need a free police report after an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.