Dennis Schenk, 55, of Fountain Valley, was killed in a car accident in Orange County after his vehicle crashed into a street sweeper the morning of December 27, 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the fatal car accident happened at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Catherine Avenue in Stanton when Schenk’s Hyundai Elantra struck the street sweeper. Officials are still looking into what may have caused this accident.
I offer my heartfelt sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Dennis Schenk for their devastating loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
There were 152 deaths and 13,414 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in all of Orange County in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In the city of Stanton, one fatality and 122 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear how or why this car accident may have occurred. We do not know at what speed Schenk was traveling at the time. This car accident occurred at the street intersection. It is possible that one of the vehicles failed to yield right-of-way to the other.
According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” I also trust officials are looking into whether impairment, distracted driving, speed or reckless driving may have caused or contributed to this tragic car accident.
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages and losses such as medical and funeral costs and loss of future income. A knowledgeable Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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