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UPDATE: Bicyclist Kori Powers Died In Valencia Street Sweeper Accident By The Intersection Of Rye Canyon Road and Beale Court


May 21, 2019

Kori Powers Valencia: 22-Year-Old Bicyclist From Castaic Identified As Kori Sue Powers Has Tragically Died Following Valencia Street Sweeper Accident —> Support The Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me 

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2019) – The 22-year-old woman from Castaic killed in a car accident with a street sweeper in Valencia by Rye Canyon Road and Beale Court has been identified as Kori Powers.

Valencia authorities are saying that the bicycle accident took place on Sunday just after midnight. Kori Powers was struck from behind and seriously injured by the street sweeper. 

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. Kori Powers was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. 

Despite life-saving efforts she was pronounced dead. The driver of the street sweeper was interviewed by the police. Police are encouraging anyone that may have seen the accident to reach out to them. 

Preventing Street Sweeper Accidents

Street sweepers can weigh well over 10,000 lbs and can cause catastrophic injuries or deaths in the event of an accident. There are a number of measures that need to be put in place to help make sure that street sweeper drivers are operating their vehicles safely. Here are just a few of the unique hazards posed by these machines:

  • Blind Spots: Like other large commercial trucks, street sweepers tend to have very large blind spots. A number of accidents occur when street sweepers hit pedestrians or other cars that are in their blind spots while changing lanes or making turns. 
  • Sweeping Arms: Street sweepers pose unique hazards to bicyclists and pedestrians. Street sweepers have side arms that extend a good deal out from the truck itself. These side sweepers can knock down pedestrians and seriously injure or kill them. 
  • Operational Dangers: Workers can also be seriously injured by street sweepers. Debris gets lodged into the sweeping arms. If a worker fails to turn off the truck properly they can get sucked into the sweeping arms. 

Street sweepers are slow, but they can be deceptively dangerous. Pedestrians involved in street sweeping accidents often sustain traumatic injuries including amputations, spinal injuries, head injuries, internal trauma and death. Depending on the particular circumstances of any case there could be multiple forms of liability for an accident involving a street sweeper. 

Liability For Collisions With Street Sweepers

Street sweeper drivers have a responsibility to make sure that they are operating their vehicles safely. And the companies that employ those drivers must make sure that their drivers are trained properly. In general, all drivers are supposed to maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them. According to California Vehicle Code 21703, “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” 

Drivers that hit other vehicles or bicyclists from behind will typically be held at fault for an accident. But driver error is not the only form of potential negligence in an accident. A city may face civil liability for a street sweeper accident if it was caused by a “dangerous conditions on public property.” In short, cities have a legal responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. In certain circumstances, defects with the road itself may contribute to or even cause an accident. 

According to California Civil Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.” For example, a dangerous condition may exist with the way a bicycle lane was constructed. A bike lane may be to narrow or end abruptly into traffic. 

When a bicyclist dies in an accident their family may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are. Street sweeping companies will often work hard to deny liability for accidents. They may even try to blame the victim. An attorney can make sure that they are held accountable for their actions. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with pursuing civil claims, so it’s important to act quickly. 

Investigating A Street Sweeper Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kori Powers.  Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators as they continue search for answers about what occurred. There needs to be some accountability for this tragedy. This accident should not have taken place. 

Has someone that you love been injured or killed in an accident due to the negligence of a street sweeper driver. Our team of personal injury attorneys can answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the justice and the support that they deserve. Whether you need a free police report about a particular incident or need a free investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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