Biker Down Alerts – Socal

If you are a motorcyclist or motorist we recommend that you like this Facebook page- Biker Down Alerts – Socal. This Facebook page will alert you of any recent motorcycle accidents in Southern California. You may ask “why motorists?”, we say motorists to make them more aware of bikers on the road. Many motorists do not realize how many left turns they do not seeing bikers coming down the road. Motorcyclists that have been in a fatal accident have mostly been killed by a driver who had been making a left hand turn. We strongly urge people to always be aware of everything going on around them as they commute, that means bikers, motorcycles, and motorists.

We do not like to see or  hear about motorcycles, especially when it could be one of our loved ones involved. Please keep your eyes open and watch all around you for motorcyclists.

Recent Posts from Biker Down Alerts – Socal

  • 3/9/2016 Anaheim 57 North near Orangethorpe

    Reported by a member at 4:29pm. The rider was up against the center divider up and talking with CHP. FD was also on scene. Looked to be a cruiser type bike.

    No other info is available regarding the rider or bike.

    Prayers to the rider and those involved. ~Bill

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  • 3/9/2016 Wintergardens and Sapota dr in Lakeside.The member reported that Police and Medical were on scene. A red Suzuki was involved.

    No other info is available regarding the rider or bike.

    Prayers to the rider and those involved. ~Bill

  • Santa Ana”On 03/08/16, officers responded to the scene of a traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a truck at the intersection of 17th St. and Linwood Ave.

    At approximately 8:12pm, a 2006, Harley Davidson, being ridden by a male adult was traveling eastbound on 17th St. at Linwood Ave. when he collided with a 2002, Toyota, Tundra as the driver of the Toyota made a left turn from westbound 17th St. to southbound Linwood Ave.”

    Condolences to the riders family and friends. Prayers to all involved. ~Bill

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    If you or a loved one are ever in a motorcycle accident we suggest we highly recommend that you contact The Reinecke Law Firm before you start settling with your insurance company. Call us today at (714)641-8000. You have nothing to lose and more than everything to gain.

    Prayers and Condolences to friends and family that were involved in the accidents above from The Reinecke Law Firm, helping motorcyclists and their families in Southern California for over 25 years.

This Saturday Harley-Davidson Ride

Orange-County-Harley-Davidson-0-IrvineWe support riders wherever they go even on this Harley-Davidson Ride! Join in the fun of a good weekend ride on your motorcycle, meet new friends and share quality time with your Iron Horse.

Event Times: 10:15AM-03:00PM

Free Lunch Open Ride Day at OC H.D. Irvine 11:00 – 1:00

42 Miles one-way – Free Lunch Day at Orange County Harley-Davidson Dealership, 8677 Research Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Meet at California Harley-Davidson Dealership, 1517 Pacific Coast Highway, Harbor City, CA 90710  OR we can  meet you along the coast route, just let me know in advance.

We will ride south along the coast towards Newport Beach and then inland to OC Harley Davidson in Irvine, CA

Lunch FREE today my motor psycho bike riding friends

There are NEVER any dues to ride with B4F!!  Ride with Johnny B Good,  Cell/Text: 310-409-8606

Being Independent does have it’s benefits . .. . camaraderie

Never a charge with B4F
We ride for the fun of it

Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed


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.

Other vehicle accidents had been dropping along with motorcycle crashes and have kept dropping. Continue reading “Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed”

Motorcycle Accident – Venice Boulevard in Culver City

An accident occurred a little before 3 PM today, March 8th on the South-bound I-405.

A motorcyclist splits lanes as he drives south on Intersate 405 freeway at the Sunset Blvd overpass in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2011. Starting tomorrow July 15, a 10 mile (16km) stretch of the 405 ? a vital artery that links population centers north and south of the Santa Monica Mountains ? will shut down for 53 hours. The closure, a necessary part of a major highway reconstruction project, is being dubbed "Carmageddon." AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


Harley Davidson Recalls – Check here for list


CVO Harley

If you have a 2014 or 2015 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle, your bike may be a part of a massive recall due to a faulty clutch master cylinder. See a full model list of recalled Harleys below.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA), the Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from both the 2014 and 2015 model years have been recalled due to issues with the clutch master cylinder. Almost 46,000 bikes are part of this recall, and several accidents and minor injuries have been associated with the faulty part.

The clutch master cylinder in the recalled motorcycles may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. The NTSA states that the clutch issue is especially problematic if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

The list of potentially affected models in the Harley Davidson recall includes:

2014 Model Year

  • CVO Road King (FLHRSE)

2014-2015 Model Year

  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC)
  • Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
  • Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX)
  • Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
  • CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)

2015 Model Year

  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL)
  • Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC)
  • Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)
  • Road Glide (FLTRX)

Harley-Davidson is in the process of sending out notices to owners of the motorcycles that are being recalled, and issued an apology to customers who own the affected bikes.

“First and foremost, we apologize to our customers for this issue. We’re riders, too, so share in the frustration. Customer safety is our first priority.”

The L.A. Times reports that Harley dealers will perform free service checks to flush the clutch systems and rebuild the defective master cylinders on all of the recalled motorcycles. Owners can call Harley-Davidson customer service at 800-258-2464 and reference recall 0165 if they have any questions or need to find a nearby dealer.

In addition to the recall associated with the clutch, there is also another Harley-Davidson recall associated with the rear reflector assembly. Motorcycle USA reports that this recall affects almost 9,000 bikes that “may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly.” Included in the recall are certain 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 700 motorcycles manufactured from May 12, 2014 through March 9, 2015.

Check for the recalls on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) here.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident due to these recalls please call the Tom Reinecke Law Firm at our toll free number at 1(800)275-8326. We can help you!


4th Annual Heroes Ride Los Angeles Charity Event April 10th, 2016

Sunset strip ride

Coming this April 10th 2016 is the 4th annual Heroes Ride Los Angeles. This ride is in honor and respects to the fallen officers and wounded veterans. All proceeds will go towards supporting the families of fallen officers and wounded veterans. The fully escorted ride will start at the Hollywood bowl at 9:30am, pass through the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and end at 12:00pm at the Biscailuz Center Training Center where there will be a party that includes a car/motorcycle show, lunch, drinks, music, raffles, vendors and more.

Tickets are $30 (pre-reg) or $35 (day of event) per rider. Passengers are $10. Car/Motorcycle show entries are $10. Show categories:
Best classic
Best contemporary
Best muscle
Best paint
Best motor
People’s Choice
Best motorcycle
Attention VENDORS: Interested in a FREE vendor display at the finish line party? Contact
The Heroes Ride is hosted by the L.A. County Professional Peace Officers Association along with the Star and Shield Foundation.

To Learn more about this annual event click here.

We hope to see you there!


Man from Perris Killed in a Motorcycle Accident


motorcycle accidentA male 40-year-old was out riding his motorcycle Monday night and was killed in head-on collision while riding on a two-lane road near Lake Mathews in Riverside. Later identified to be Miguel Bethune, was riding a 2001 Indian Motorcycle east on Cajalco road after 6pm when he collided with a compact car causing him fatal injuries.

Witnesses reported Bethune riding in and out of traffic, back and forth over the double yellow line to avoid slower-moving vehicles. A Riverside woman was driving her Ford Flex West on the Cajalco Road when Bethune crossed over the double yellow line veering directly into her resulting in the head-on accident. The woman was treated for minor injuries and will be okay. Bethune past away at the scene.

The motorcycle accident caused a traffic jam as the road was shut down both ways for an hour for emergency personnel and an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Our Prayers and Wishes go out to the victims and their families of this terrible motorcycle accident, from the Tom Reinecke Motorcycle Law Firm, representing exclusively motorcyclists and their families for over 35 years.

California Lane-Sharing Bill AB51 on Hold


In July 2015 the California lane-sharing bill AB51 was in disputes, this bill was created to put restrictions on the popular motorcyclists rights in California for lane-sharing. Just to be clear this bill would not revoke the right to lane split but it would be put speed restrictions on lane splitting. The main two restrictions that would be placed on lane-sharing with motorcyclists would be: 1) You could not pass a vehicle moving faster than 50mph. 2) You cannot pass a vehicle at 15 mph more than the speed of the moving vehicle you are passing.

As you can imagine there are good arguments and agreements when it comes to the law imposing these restrictions. Studies have found that lane-sharing can be just as safe as riding the 2 wheeled vehicle in the middle of the lane. It is the responsibility of other motorists to be aware of the motorcyclists around them.

The following document contains guidelines for lane-sharing or lane-splitting: CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines.

According to UC Berkeley “Riding a motorcycle between lanes may be safer than critics believe. The UC Berkeley report looked at 5,969 motorcycle accidents in California from July 2012 to August 2013. Of those, 997 involved lane-splitting. The study concluded that motorcyclists splitting lanes at 50 mph or slower were far less likely to suffer serious injury from their accidents than motorcyclists who were not lane-splitting or doing it at high speeds:


  • 9 percent of lane-splitters at moderate speeds suffered head injuries, compared with 17 percent overall.
  • 19 percent suffered injuries to their torso, compared with 29 percent overall.
  • And the death rate was 1.2 percent, compared with 3 percent overall.
    Still, some drivers resent lane-splitters, and their frustration can lead to road rage. Motorists sometimes refuse to give motorcyclists room to weave their way through stop-and-go traffic. And motorcyclists who travel between lanes at high speeds may unnerve drivers, who fear they might not see the two-wheelers when changing lanes.”


lane-splitting-tom-reineckeAs a California Motorist you should know the following:

1) Lane splitting by motorcycles is not illegal in California when done in a safe and prudent manner.

2) Motorists should not take it upon themselves to discourage motorcyclists from lane splitting.

3) Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider is illegal (CVC 22400).

4) Opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcycle is illegal (CVC 22517).

5) Never drive while distracted.

6) You can help keep motorcyclists and all road users safe by

  • Checking mirrors and blind spots, especially before changing lanes or turning
  • Signaling your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Allowing more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency

If you are a California motorist or motorcyclist check the Lane Splitting is Legal to obtain “Share the Road Stickers” and subscribe to receive updates of the AB51 California Lane-sharing bill.