On Thursday, June 25th, 25-year-old Jacob Echegoyen was identified as the motorcyclist who lost his life in an auto-motorcycle collision in Victorville, California. The accident report disclosed the date of the occurrence as Friday, June 19th.
The fatal crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 395 between Bear Valley Road and La Mesa Road. The preliminary investigation uncovered that a white-colored truck was heading north on the highway when it made a U-turn to avoid heavy traffic caused by an earlier non-injury accident.
The truck then collided with a white Honda Interceptor motorcycle driven by Echegoyen. The victim sustained fatal wounds that he succumbed to at the scene. The unidentified driver of the truck was unharmed, and the occurrence led to the closure of the northbound and southbound lanes of the roadway.
Auto-motorcycle collisions are one of the leading causes of crash-related deaths. With over 800 000 motorcyclists in California, the Cal-DMV regularly releases tips for riders to follow to prevent harmful or fatal accidents. Since most collisions occur on short trips, motorcyclists should always have on a US-DOT safety compliant helmet.
The rider should ensure that the helmet meets the safety standards and has the manufacturer applied DOT lettering — not a stick-on label — on the back. Additionally, ensure it is the right fit, has zero defects like cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps, and is free of scratches and punctures. It should give a clear view to both sides, and allow air passage to reduce fogging.
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