Bill Wagner Salton City: 91-Year-Old Bicyclist Identified as Bill William Wagner Died In Bicycle Accident After Being Hit By Car
SALTON CITY, CALIFORNIA (December 27, 2018) – A 91-year-old bicyclist identified as Bill William Wagner was tragically killed after he was hit from behind by a car by North Marina Drive and Sea Wind Avenue.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the car accident happened around 2:15 p.m. A woman driving a 2001 Ford Focus was attempting to pass Bill Wagner on the left.
For reasons that remain under investigation, her vehicle veered to the right and hit the victim. Bill William Wagner suffered major trauma after being thrown off the bike.
He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Liability In Bicycle Accidents
California Vehicle Code 21000 lays out the right of way laws for bicyclists. According to the statute, “(a) A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10 (commencing with Section 20000), Section 27400, Division 16.7 (commencing with Section 39000), Division 17 (commencing with Section 40000.1), and Division 18 (commencing with Section 42000), except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application.”
In short, drivers should keep an eye of for cyclists and yield the right of way as they would any other vehicle. The family of a victim that died in a bicycle accident will have the ability to file a wrongful death claim for damages. Even if the at-fault driver did not have insurance, there are still various options to recover damages. A bicycle accident attorney can review the specific facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Bicycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Bill William Wagner as they are going though such a difficult time. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should contact authorities as they continue to investigate. We sincerely hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar accidents from taking place in the future.
If someone that you love has died in a bicycle accident you may have legal recourse. California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 allows victims to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions by filing a wrongful death claim. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys 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.