Shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, motorcyclists Danny Rincon, Richard McBee, and Patty McBee were seriously injured and a 58-year-old male rider from Oxnard was killed in a head-on collision with a motorist in Palmdale, reported the Los Angeles Times. While driving a 2001 Infiniti recklessly on Elizabeth Lake Road, 19-year-old Jose Gutierrez swerved into opposing lanes of traffic and collided with three motorcycles. Emergency responders transported Rincon, 41, of Westlake Village, and the McBees, aged 60 and 55 and both of Moorpark, to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities arrested Gutierrez on unspecified charges. The crash is under investigation.
Palmdale accounted for 1 of the 71 fatalities and 20 of the 2,657 injuries motorcyclists suffered in traffic collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, 4,388 motorcyclists lost their lives in collisions in 2011. The incidence of motorcyclist fatalities has been increasing since 1998, with the exception of 2009, when it decreased 16 percent from 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In California, when a motorist’s negligence results in an accident that seriously or fatally harms others, the victims or their surviving family members have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process after a motorcycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Danny Rincon, Richard McBee, and Patty McBee.