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Update | Vehicle Crash Into Antelope Home Kills Resident

Driver Backs Into Home on Zachis Way, Killing a Resident Inside

A vehicle crash into an Antelope home on August 31 killed a person inside the building. The accident occurred at the Zachis Way intersection with Hidden Meadow Way around 9:45 a.m. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to a hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the decedent as Kenneth Arthur Beaty, 57, of Antelope

In Addition to Vehicle Crashing Into Home, Driver’s Car Shows Major Front-End Damage

The CHP reported that the driver of a Ford Expedition apparently had their car in reverse when they lost control and struck the home. The vehicle in question also exhibited serious damage to its front, and authorities don’t know when or how that happened. The area speed limit is 25 mph, and a spokesperson for the CHP said they were examining the vehicle itself to see if it would give them any insight into the cause of the accident. 

Causes of a Vehicle Crash Into a Building

Accidents that involve a vehicle crashing into a building are surprisingly common. Even in their local neighborhood, most drivers are careful and watch for dangers. There is no way to predict when a vehicle can go out of control, however, and it can happen within a matter of seconds. These types of accidents are often caused by:

  • Not paying attention: Distracted driving occurs when a driver is chatting on their phone, texting or performing some other activity that takes their eyes, mind and hands from the road. By the time they look up and see that an accident is about to happen, they may jerk their wheel if they are exiting their lane and lose control of the vehicle.
  • Selecting the wrong gear: The driver is parked and accidentally puts the vehicle in reverse. 
  • Fatigue: Being overly fatigued can cause a driver to lose control. Fatigued driving has been compared to being inebriated because motorists who are tired can cause a vehicle to crash in the same way.
  • Intoxication: Because drunk drivers lack judgment, they cannot judge the distance from other cars and their vehicle can go out of control.
  • Speeding: It is possible to lose control of a car when driving at high speeds and cause a vehicle crash, especially when going around curves.
  • Rain, snow or sleet: Bad weather conditions can easily cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause an accident. At times, you can adjust your speed to avoid a traffic crash. Other times, you just need to stay home.
  • Auto defects: Many things can go wrong with a motor vehicle that can make a driver lose control. Having a tire blow out, experiencing brake failure, transmission problems and others can end up causing a motor vehicle crash. Retaining a vehicle after an accident is important so that it can be examined for defects. If one is found that led to your car crash injury, you can place an auto product liability claim against the manufacturers and others in the production line with the help of an accident attorney.
  • Government negligence: When a roadway is in disrepair, it can cause a traffic accident. Unlike most other personal injury claims, there is only a six-month period from the time of your vehicle crash to file against a government entity. An injury lawyer can make sure all your documentation is correct and filed on time and help you recover the compensation that you deserve.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Antelope

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a wrongful death attorney in Antelope. If an accident caused the death of your loved one, your family may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation from the at-fault party. Call us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for our free and friendly advice. You can contact us online also.

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