William Easley, an 81-year-old activist and philanthropist, suffered fatal injuries in a San Bernardino bicycle accident after he was struck from behind by a car. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, Easley and another cyclist were riding their bikes on the 1000 block of East Lynwood Avenue shortly after 6 a.m. on December 28, 2014, when a 1997 his Easley from behind. The other cyclist, a local doctor, attempted CPR on Easley. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died.
Officials said both bicycles had rear reflectors and that Easley was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The driver of the Honda, 36-year-old Felix Salazar, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Officials said Salazar was unlicensed. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of William Easley. He was apparently an activist who had a hand in many community-based efforts in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Bicycle Accidents
One person died and 32 were injured as a result of bicycle accidents in the city of San Bernardino, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, seven fatalities and 393 injuries were reported due to bicycle accidents in San Bernardino County.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Honda struck Easley from behind. However, there are still questions about why he struck the bike, which had rear reflectors on it. Was the driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Was the driver distracted at the time of the collision? Was the driver of the Honda fatigued or otherwise inattentive?
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the bicyclist’s death. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. An experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer would also be able to advise victims’ families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.