A young boy is fighting for his life after a horrible crash in Pasadena triggered by a red light runner, which also left the 7-year-old boy’s parents injured. According to a news article in the Pasadena Star-News, the accident occurred at the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard when the family was crossing the road.
They were reportedly hit by an out-of-control car that had just collided with another vehicle that had run a red light. The father suffered serious injuries and the mother escaped with minor injuries, the article said. The child was reportedly in full cardiac arrest when taken to the hospital.
Investigators are still looking at what caused the chain reaction crash, but initial investigations reveal that the driver of a Nissan Altima ran the red light and struck a Toyota Corolla, which in turn went out of control and struck the family, according to a report on KNX 1070. That report also said that the family had just arrived in California a day ago. Thankfully, the Corolla hit a light pole, which prevented it from striking other pedestrians at that very busy intersection.
What a horrible tragedy for this unsuspecting family. These are accidents that could happen to anybody who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is no question that the person who was responsible for causing this crash must be held accountable for the family’s injuries and loss. If investigators conclude that the Altima driver did run the red light and cause the accident, he or she will and should certainly be held financially liable and could possibly face criminal charges.
Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney might be extremely beneficial to this family especially at a time like this when they are faced with medical bills involving three people. They certainly need someone on their side to help analyze their options given the serious nature of their injuries. If the Altima driver is uninsured, the family may be able to make an uninsured motorist claim provided their auto insurance provides coverage in such a situation.
What many people are not aware of is that insurance coverage need not specifically reference a pedestrian accident. An attorney can help victims review the policy to see if coverage applies. Another little known fact is that if the vehicle owner who strikes a pedestrian carries only limited insurance, an underinsured motorist claim may be filed under the injured person’s auto insurance policy.
We wish the little boy and his family a speedy recovery. They will definitely be in our prayers.