Jamie Rico has been in five crashes since he started riding motorcycles in his 30s. One of those crashes broke his spine.
“It’s not if you are going to be in an accident, it’s when,” Rico, 51, said in the garage of his Mission Viejo home as he gazed at his silver four-cylinder Honda sport bike, a luxury police-styled motorcycle.
But he kept riding — until this year. Watching another rider go down on the freeway convinced him to hang up his helmet.
“How many times could you get hit before you start really saying, ‘Wow, am I going to do it again?’” Rico asked.
A KPCC analysis of statewide crash data found overall motorcycle collisions and fatalities increased 23 percent from 2003 to 2012, the latest data available through the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
The statistics reverse an earlier trend. After reaching a peak in 2008, motorcycle accidents in California plummeted 16 percent the following two years before spiking back up.
An accident occurred a little before 3 PM today, March 8th on the South-bound I-405.
A report says that the accident occurred in the carpool lane near Venice Boulevard and the I-10 highway. It was a blue colored sport-type motorcycle, no account of the make or model. Reports say that the accident is minor but there is no confirmation of the condition of the rider or motorcycle.
There is no information as of right now as to how the accident occurred but it could be in the lines of lane sharing or splitting.
We hope the rider of this accident is okay as well their family. At The Reinecke Law Firm, we have been helping motorcyclists with accidents for well over 30 years. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident recently give us a call at 1(800)275-8326 today.