Dennis Shackelford, 51, killed in Hemet motorcycle accident

Posted: July 19, 2022

HEMET, CA (July 19, 2022) – Dennis Shackelford, a 51-year-old motorcyclist, was fatally injured when the driver of a sedan struck him from behind at a Hemet intersection, authorities said today.

Dennis Shackelford of Hemet was killed about 11:15 p.m. Monday at Menlo Avenue and State Street, according to the Hemet Police Department.

Cpl. Tim McGinnis said that Shackelford was headed southbound on State and stopped for a red light at Menlo. When the light turned green, the victim slowly pulled into the intersection, according to McGinnis.

“A white Hyundai sedan was also traveling south on State at a steady speed and struck the rear of the motorcyclist,” the police spokesman said.

He said that the driver immediately stopped.

Paramedics reached the location less than 10 minutes later and pronounced Dennis Shackelford dead at the scene.

The Hyundai driver suffered minor injuries in the collision but was not hospitalized, according to McGinnis.

The motorist, whose identity was not disclosed, was not arrested.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact the police Traffic Bureau at 951-765-2400.

[via City News Service]

Liability In Hemet Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driver distraction
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.

Investigating A Hemet Motorcycle Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Dennis Shackelford. Anyone who may have additional information regarding this case should reach out to us. A full investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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