At about 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 58-year-old motorcyclist William Rivers was killed in a collision with a truck in Thousand Palms. While traveling eastbound on Datil Way in a Chevrolet pickup truck, 33-year-old Alejandro Verdugo failed to yield for cross traffic at Thelma Avenue and struck Rivers, who was riding northbound at the time. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident is under investigation.
“After a fatal collision, the driver determined to be at-fault for the accident may be held liable by the family of the victim through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California motorcycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
In 2010, 538 motorcyclists were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Riverside County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Traffic signs and signals were a primary collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury accidents that occurred in the state that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of William Rivers, the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision with the truck.
www.mydesert.com originally reported this Thousand Palms crash.
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