The accident happened at 8:53 a.m. on eastbound PCH near Malibu High School. A vehicle was stopped on PCH at Morning View Dr. when it was rear-ended by another vehicle. The rear-ending car rolled over and slammed into a traffic signal pole.
An occupant of the rear-ending car, a ten-year-old boy, was ejected from the car. He was airlifted to a local hospital. The driver of the car that was rear-ended also sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
A pedestrian walking her dog was hit by flying debris and injured. She was airlifted to a local hospital.
Who Can Make an Injury Claim?
Based on the preliminary information available, it appears that the driver who rear-ended the car ahead was at fault. If the ten-year-old boy is the son of the at-fault driver, then the boy would not be entitled to make an injury claim against his parent. If the boy is not a resident relative in the driver's household, then the boy would be legally entitled to make an injury claim against the driver's insurance policy.
The injured pedestrian could also make an injury claim against the at-fault driver. The first thing to find out: what is the at-fault driver's bodily injury liability policy limit? The bill for the medical airlift alone could be $15,000 to $20,000. Even if the pedestrian has health insurance, the health insurance carrier will seek reimbursement from the pedestrian for all accident-related medical bills that it pays. The pedestrian should immediately demand that the at-fault driver's insurance company disclose the policy limit.