Hollywood animator, Jean-Maxime Perramon, was killed after he was hit by a car on the 101 Freeway, while checking on his Ferrari. According to the Los Angeles Times, Perramon apparently believed that metal had hit his 2010 Ferrari, so he pulled onto the shoulder of the Ventura Freeway to check on his car. As he was getting out of his car, Perramon apparently stepped into the slow lane and was hit by a Lexus.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the Lexus swerved into that lane, colliding with the man, while trying avoid colliding with another vehicle. Perramon was taken to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks where he passed away from his injuries from the accident.
If Mr. Perramon’s family brings a California wrongful death claim, there are many potential legal issues in this situation. First, the fault for the freeway accident must be determined. It is possible that multiple parties share liability, as the man should not have gotten out of his car on the freeway, the driver of the Lexus may have been able to avoid him and it is unknown what other cars may have played a role in causing the driver of the Lexus to feel the need to swerve to the right.
The man’s family may be able to bring a California uninsured motorist claim on the grounds that the unknown vehicle caused the accident or if the driver of the Lexus has no insurance. If the Lexus does not have enough insurance, there may be an underinsured motorist claim brought.
Due to the many complexities involved in a situation like this, family of anyone killed in a car accident in California should contact a personal injury attorney right away. Our office has been handling personal injury and wrongful death claims for over 30 years. Injury victims or their families should call for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.