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Motorcyclist Killed in Hemet Rear-End Collision


Dennis Shackelford, 51, was killed in a Hemet motorcycle accident when the driver of a sedan rear-ended him at a street intersection.

According to a City News Service report, the fatal crash occurred on the night of July 18 at Menlo Avenue and State Street. Police said Shackelford was headed southbound on State Street and stopped at a red light at Menlo.

When the light turned green, he slowly pulled into the intersection but was hit from behind by a car.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Hemet

As the motorcycle pulled forward into the intersection, a white Hyundai sedan approached the intersection. The car was also traveling south on State at a steady speed and rear-ended the motorcyclist. The car’s driver stopped right away. Paramedics who arrived at the scene pronounced Shackelford dead at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the collision. The motorist was not arrested pending an official investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department’s traffic bureau at 951-765-2400.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Dennis Shackelford for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Motorcycle Rear-End Collisions

If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how much fun riding can be. But motorcycling also can be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle miles traveled in 2020, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were four times more likely to be injured. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination, and good judgment. But bikers are also vulnerable in collisions, and other drivers must beware.

Rear-end accidents can be devastating especially for motorcyclists, who could be ejected from their bikes or thrown into the path of other vehicles. In any rear-end crash, it is important to examine a number of factors. Was the driver of the striking vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was he or she distracted, or inattentive? Were they traveling at an unsafe speed?

If the driver of the sedan is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. In such cases, families would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside motorcycle accident who can analyze all aspects of the incident and help determine fault and liability.



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