At about 12:40 p.m. on Monday, June 17, a Dodge pickup truck struck and killed 49-year-old cyclist Bill West of Palo Cedro near McCloud. While traveling on Highway 89, the driver of the truck observed a Jeep swerve to avoid striking West but failed to avoid colliding with him. The accident is under investigation.
“With nothing standing between them and the motorists with whom they share the road, cyclists are especially vulnerable to suffering serious or fatal trauma in a collision,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “If a cyclist is killed in an accident for which he or she was not at-fault, then his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records accident data for the riders of bicycles, two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals, classifying them under the term pedalcyclists. In 2011, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 677 pedalcyclists and injured another 48,000, with pedalcyclist deaths accounting for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Bill West, the cyclist whom the truck struck and killed.
www.krcrtv.com originally reported this McCloud bicycle accident.
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