Huntington Beach, CA (November 8, 2022) – A pedestrian lost their life in an accident that happened on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. Reports show that a vehicle hit a pedestrian in the northbound lanes of the roadway at around 2:30 a.m. 

According to information from police, the incident happened just north of Slater Avenue. When officials arrived at the scene, they found the pedestrian deceased in the roadway. 

The victim was identified as Michael Klassen, age 30, of Laguna Niguel. The person who struck the pedestrian was driving a gray Jeep Compass. Their name is not currently being released to the public. 

Investigators believe the Jeep was headed north past the intersection when it struck the pedestrian, who was in the northbound lanes at the time of the accident. Authorities continue to investigate the details of the incident. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Michael Klassen at this time. 

Nothing further has been reported. 

California Traffic Crashes

In 2014, authorities responded to deadly accidents involving 753 pedestrians who were struck and killed by various vehicles around the state of California. An increase of 26% was reported in 2018 as that number soared to 893 victims. Pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach and all other areas around Southern California are partially responsible for these figures. At least 7,500 pedestrians were killed by automobiles all across the state from 2009 to 2018, creating a fatality rate of 25% more than the national average. While pedestrians only account for roughly 14% of all traffic collisions, they make up approximately 50% of all accident-related fatalities.

The reason why pedestrians account for more deaths though only a fraction of collisions is due to the complete vulnerability of the victim, as well as the role of reckless drivers. Negligent actions such as distracted driving, DUI, and speeding are among the top causes of catastrophic auto-pedestrian accidents. Another cause is the actions of criminal parties who intentionally strike victims for the sole purpose of inflicting harm. Losing a loved one in an unexpected collision that could have been avoided is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can imagine, and it is essential for bereaved loved ones to fully understand that they likely have substantial rights during such a difficult time.

Serious accidents don’t only cause physical and emotional pain but also leave victims and surviving families with the immensely high costs of hospitalization, as well as continued medical treatment such as physical therapy in many cases, or funeral expenses. When a reckless or criminal party has caused the suffering of another person, that party must be held fully accountable for compensating the victims or bereaved loved ones. An aggressive pedestrian accident attorney will go after the responsible party and help guide you along the frequently complicated road to financial restitution.

Our capable wrongful death attorneys in Huntington Beach at Beckerman Anderson recognize the incredibly sensitive nature of a sudden accident. We are entirely devoted to representing those who have unfairly suffered by absolutely no fault of their own. If you have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a family member due to an auto-pedestrian collision causing a reckless party, don’t hesitate to contact our pedestrian accident attorneys today at 949-409-4299.

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Disclaimer: As members of our local community, we at Beckerman Anderson, strive to draw awareness to the dangers that are related to driving and provide overall safety information for our community members. We are always saddened when we learn about a serious injury accident in our area and hope that through awareness, drivers in our community will take the necessary precautions to avoid such accidents. The information provided in these posts should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. This story is not a solicitation for business. The photographs used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.