At about 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 4th, a driver struck and killed 44-year-old cyclist Mark Ledbetter and injured another rider, 29-year-old Chad Priest, in Bermuda Dunes. While traveling westbound on Country Club Drive in a 2009 Dodge Caliber, 32-year-old Anthony Peraza crashed into the two bicyclists, who were riding on the shoulder of the road in the same direction at the time. The impact ejected them from their bikes, killing Ledbetter and injuring Priest. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver causes an accident resulting in injury or death, the victims or their families may seek compensation from the driver for expenses associated with their injury or loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Riverside County, 340 bicyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident statistics of counties with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Riverside ranked 41st for cyclist safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mark Ledbetter, the cyclist struck and killed by the driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Chad Priest, the rider injured in the accident.
Mydesert.com originally reported this Bermuda Dunes bicycle accident.
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