William Sanger Killed After Driver Fails to Yield in Lee County
Fort Myers, FL – According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorcycle crash in Fort Myers claimed the life of one person in Lee County.
The victim, 20-year old William Sanger was driving east on Pondella Road in his motorcycle on Monday when 22-year old Steffen Bighames, driving a Chevy Impala, was heading west on Pondella Road.
At that same moment, both vehicles were approaching a vehicle when Bighames failed to yield when turning left at the green light.
He pulled out right in front of Sanger.
FHP mentions that Sanger was traveling at excess speed so he had to lay his bike to avoid the impact but hit the right side of the Chevy.
Sanger was pronounced dead at the scene.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of William Sanger.
Right of Way Motorcycle Crashes
When collisions with motorcycles occur, the rider of the bike is often the one that is most in danger of acquiring an injury or dying, as it was unfortunately for this accident. The apparent fact is that they do not have any protection from a vehicle to guard them from the harm of the pavement and impact of the car. With right of way accidents, drivers are often unclear as to who has the right to go first and this is why the majority of accidents occur at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs. In this case, investigators found that the driver of the Chevy did not yield to Sanger, causing the collision. Left-turn accidents with motorcycles are being seen more frequently and can be contributed to many factors such as:
- Lack of visibility
- Lack of judgment
- Not yielding; and
This case is apparent, Bighames failed to yield to the motorcycle driver, but the motorcycle driver was also going at an excess speed. Although Bighames was responsible for the collision, Sanger also plays a role due to the excess speed they were going at. This means that Bighames will hold liability, but their responsibility will be mitigated. This signifies that Bighames may hold a 60% liability percentage, while Sanger holds the remaining amount. These numbers will be dependent upon the judgment of the judge and jury.
Negligence Needs to Pay
Most motorcycle collisions happen during left-turns like with this case. This is an apparent case of negligent driving and this careless driving resulted in the death of the motorcyclist driver. Unfortunately, the team of knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Percy Martinez deal with these types of cases regularly and are sadden that drivers do not abide by the road laws. It is the law to yield during left-turns where both drivers have green lights. Bighames failed to do so and did not live up to the duty of care he must have while driving. Regretfully, the family and friends of Sanger hows to now face the consequences of their failure to yield.
When a negligent driver causes the bodily harm and damages to another driver, they must pay the consequences. A civil suit can be filed by Sanger’s family as a wrongful death claim in order to be awarded for the damages that were caused to them.
Many drivers pay no mind to motorcycle drivers and are often annoyed by them. Just like a regular vehicle, motorcycle drivers also have a right and should be treated with care when on the road.
The family of Sanger can recover for the losses and damages that were sustained. Percy Martinez Law Firm can see that Sanger’s next of kin recovers for the following:
- Future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Hospital bills
- Funeral/burial cost
- Loss of consortium
- Psychologist appointments; and
Most importantly, our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for your voice to be heard.