Brandon Wenn, 29, was killed in a Huntington Beach motorcycle accident after officials said he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred near Goldenwest Street and Yorktown Avenue. Wenn was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the Suzuki 750 motorcycle had been traveling north on Goldenwest early morning on January 1, 2014 when it struck several objects and crashed into a shopping center sign. Police suspect speed may have been a factor. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-960-8825.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Brandon Wenn for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 58 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 18 people died and 796 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why this fatal crash occurred. There are several unanswered questions here. What caused the motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle? Was speed a factor in the crash? Was there a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction, which may have caused the collision? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused or contributed to the fatal crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Claim for Compensation
In such cases, it would be in the best interest of the victim’s family to preserve the damaged motorcycle unaltered so that an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. A knowledgeable Orange County accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.