Rhodora Bachillar Long Beach: 64-Year-Old Woman Riding Bicycle Tragically Died In Car Accident After Being Hit By SUV Near Willow Street and Golden Avenue
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (January 8, 2018) – A 64-year-old woman identified as Rhodora Bachillar has died when she was hit by an SUV by the intersection of Willow Street and Golden Avenue.
Long Beach police are saying that Rhodora Bachillar was hit around 6:00 p.m. She was traveling northbound on Golden Avenue about to cross Willow Street. The light turned from red to green while she was still in the intersection.
A 50-year-old man in an SUV accelerated after the light changed and hit the victim. Police stopped the driver and questioned him.
Rhodora Bachillar was transported to the hospital with major injuries. But she was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers have a common law duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. According to the 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.” Despite this, a number of drivers are careless and hit pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
The family of a victim that died in a bicycle accident are protected by a number of laws. They are able to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions through California’s wrongful death law. If there was any issue with a streetlight, a city could potentially face civil liability for the accident. A bicycle accident attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Rhodora Bachillar. The city of Long Beach should conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help make this intersection safer.
If someone that you love has died due to the negligence of another driver there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Family members of the victim have recourse under CCP Section 377.60. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach us at (888) 888-9285.