Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Motorcyclist Dies in PCH Collision

Riding with a group is really fun, but hazardous.

Consider the case of a 24-year-old rider who has died after crashing his motorcycle into a car along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) on Monday.

According to reports, the car driver was pulling out from the Point Mugu State Beach parking lot when the motorcyclist slammed into the vehicle's side.

Walter Gutierrez, the motorcyclist, died instantly after the crash. Mindee Martinez, the vehicle driver, suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. John's Regional Medical Center, reports said.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers commented that Gutierrez was riding with a dozen other motorcyclists. The riders were approaching a restaurant near Mugu Rock when the collision happened.

Authorities found no trace of alcohol or drugs in the involved parties' system.

Riding with a group can be dangerous, especially when trying to move away from an oncoming vehicle. Reduced space can hinder the rider from preventing the collision.

Moreover, the driver may have been encountering enough trouble on the wheels while moving out of the parking lot, preventing her from noticing the presence of the motorcyclist.

However, if the car driver failed to give warning signals when pulling out, she may face liability for the crash. The surviving family members can establish the negligent act of the driver and seek damages from her.

For more information on car-motorcycle collisions, you may consult with a personal injury lawyer in California. Dial our toll free number at 1-866-772-2889, or email us at for a free case analysis.