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Borrego Springs, CA (October 25, 2022) – Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, October 22, in Borrego Springs, CA a motorcycle was involved in a collision with a pickup truck that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Shell Reef Expressway in an off-road area in Borrego Springs. A motorcyclist was traveling eastbound and a pickup truck was westbound when they veered into the same space on the road and could not avoid each other and collided head-on with each other.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident. Due to the impact of the collision, the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered severe injuries. The motorcyclist sadly died at the scene of the accident from the injuries he sustained in the crash. According to the medical examiner’s office, the motorcyclist has been identified as an 18-year-old man, Ruben Gutierrez, from Mexico.

The driver of the pickup truck did not sustain any injuries.

The cause of the deadly collision remains under investigation by local authorities.

We extend our deepest condolences to the deceased victim’s family at this time. Our hearts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in California

Motorcyclists are entitled to their fair share of the roadways. Other drivers should watch out for them and respect their space. However, that doesn’t always happen and motorcycle accidents occur. Between 2014 and 2018, California reported 2,655 fatal crashes involving a motorcycle. There are generally no minor injuries when a motorcyclist is in an accident. The risk of serious injury or fatality is very high.

Motorcyclists account for 14% of all road accident deaths, which is the highest of any type of vehicle. Motorcycle enthusiasts love the open road and feeling the wind rush past them. However, these things they love are part of the same reasons motorcyclists are increasingly likely to incur serious injuries or death if an accident occurs. Motorcycles don’t have any safety features that vehicles have, such as seat belts and airbags, and can get thrown from their vehicle and hurt very easily. Therefore, motorcyclists need to protect themselves in any way they can by wearing protective gear and helmets.

There are many reasons motorcycle accidents happen. It is often because of the negligent actions of the other drivers on the road. Some factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents include lane splitting (California is the only state in which this is a legal practice), left-hand turns, cars not seeing a motorcyclist, speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, and road hazards.

There is nothing more devastating than the unexpected and sudden loss of a family member especially if the accident that took their life could have been avoided. When you lose a loved one, we understand that no amount of money could replace that person’s presence in your life. Filing a wrongful death suit against a negligent party can ensure your deceased family member gets the justice they deserve and can help you to cope with their loss. Insurance companies have strict filing deadlines for filing a claim. A compassionate attorney can help you with this process, so you don’t have to worry about these matters when grieving your loved one’s death.

If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal motorcycle accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Borrego Springs wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.

Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.

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