Kori Powers Valencia: 22-Year-Old Kori Powers From Castaic Tragically Died In Street Sweeper Accident By The Intersection of Rye Canyon Road and Beale Court —> Support The Victim’s Family Through Go Fund Me
VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA (May 20, 2019) – A 22-year-old from Castaic identified as Kori Powers has tragically died in a bicycle accident involving a street sweeper on Rye Canyon Road and Beale Court.
Valencia police are saying that the fatal car accident took place shortly after midnight on Sunday. Kori Powers was riding her bicycle when she was struck from behind by the street sweeper.
The driver of the street sweeper remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been factors in the crash.
Kori Powers was transported to the hospital following the street sweeper accident. Tragically she was later pronounced dead due to her injuries.
An investigation into the Valencia street sweeper crash remains ongoing at this time.
The Dangers of Street Sweepers
Street Sweepers can weigh over 15,000 lbs and typically don’t travel faster than 25 mph. However, they can still be very dangerous. Street Sweepers can be very loud and their drivers tend to wear earplugs. This can prevent them from hearing other cars or pedestrians that may be approaching. Street sweeper drivers must take a test to learn about safety procedures. But many of the crucial safety rules that drivers learn are not always followed.
For example, street sweepers are supposed to give pedestrians and bicyclists extra room when passing. Street sweepers have side sweeping arms that stick out. A number of pedestrians and cyclists have been struck from behind and literally sucked underneath these trucks by the sweeping arms. Deepening on the facts of any case there may be multiple forms of liability for a street sweeping accident.
Liability In Street Sweeping Accidents
Street sweepers are usually owned by general contractors that get hired by local governments to keep the streets clean. These companies have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner according to the prevailing conditions of the roadway. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Driving according to the prevailing conditions does not simply mean “driving the speed limit.” Under situations of reduced visibility – such as at night – drivers should slow down and look out for pedestrians. Drivers that hit bicyclists or other vehicles from being will typically be held at fault for an accident. A good driver should be scanning the road ahead of them in order to keep an eye out for potential hazards. Hitting a bicyclist from behind is typically strong evidence that the driver was:
- Traveling too fast for the prevailing conditions
- Distracted from the road ahead of them
- Following the bicyclist too closely in the first place
When a street sweeper driver is negligent and causes an accident the company that they work for could face liability as well. Companies are generally liable for the negligent or dangerous conduct of their employees – insofar as the employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. This is based off of the legal doctrine of Respondeat Superior.
The family of a victim that died in a street sweeping accident can hold the negligent drivers accountable through a civil claim. Under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 a victim’s next of kin will typically be able pursue damages for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of love and emotional trauma. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened.
Investigating A Street Sweeper Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kori Powers. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim’s family. The police officers that examine bicycle accidents need to stop blaming the victims. Whether or not a bicyclist is wearing bright clothing, truck drivers should be keeping an eye out for pedestrians and driving safely. This is all the more true of commercial truck drivers who have a heightened responsibility to the public.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We can investigate the conduct of street sweeper drivers before an accident and let you know if they violated safety procedures. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware for their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you need a free police report about a specific accident or just have legal questions we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.