Motorcycle Crashes – The Reinecke Law Firm

Motorcycle Crashes are very common among new riders and even the most experienced riders. Some crashes can be small and others fatal but no matter the outcome most of them could have been avoided one way or another. Those who ride hard go down hard and those who don’t are still targets for an upcoming crash in the future. Safety is our biggest concern at The Reinecke Law Firm. Below is compilation of motorcycle accidents that could have been avoided.

Main highways are not meant to be a racing speedway and a lot of people end up losing their bikes and more to these dangerous rides. It is important to obey the speed limits and watch out for people trying to pass. If you want to do hot-dogging tricks and race around tight corners, head out to the race track where you don’t have to worry about bad pavement, other vehicles, and disobeying road laws. The benefits of riding on the track are no speed limits, no gravel or debris in the road, no tickets, no drivers on their phones, and it is the best place to learn better technique.

Some Southern California Motorcycle Tracks are:

Buttonwillow Raceway – Buttonwillow, CA

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway – Desert Center, CA

Adams Motorsports Park –  Riverside, CA

Mazda’s Laguna Seca Speedway – Monterey, CA

Although not all of these allow open track days there are still programs and classes that you can attend or join that will have opportunities to ride these tracks. These tracks and courses are great for beginners to even the professionals. They help you become a better and faster rider. You’ll experience many things that you probably never would try on the road.

If you do not ever plan to attend a raceway to get better practice my next suggestion would be to find a large private parking lot and practice skills riding and racing around cones.

But if you stick with the streets and are involved in a motorcycle crash or accident call The Reinecke Law Firm now at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. Remember to ride safely and enjoy being on two wheels.


Wednesday Bike nights at Cook’s Corner

If you are a biker in Orange County or a biker just passing through you need to check out Cook’s Corner. Cook’s Corner is a biker bar off of El Toro and Live Oak Canyon Road. It is considered one of the best dive bars to go to and especially on Wednesday nights when there is All-you-Can-Eat Spaghetti, Salad, and Bread for only $4. What a steal on the price.

Where else can you go eat all you can eat for $4, not to mention the place is lively with small bands playing and lots of bikers with their awesome motorcycles. Motorcycles line up and down the road all in almost perfect alignment. Everyone is there to enjoy the atmosphere and hangout with friends.

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Cook’s Corner has quite of history of it’s own. It’s name originates from Andrew Jackson Cook, who got around 190 acres of Aliso Canyon in a land trade in 1884. In 1926, his son, Earl Jack “E.J.” Cook converted a cabin into a restaurant for miners and local ranchers.

After Prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol began being sold, and Cook’s Corner became a full-fledged bar. In 1946, Cook bought an old mess hall from the Santa Ana Army Air Base and the tavern was born. In 1970, a Santa Ana motorcycle accessories owner purchased it and Cooks Corner was molded into what it represents today…an old-fashioned roadhouse. Cook’s (as it is normally referred) is still as rugged-looking as a World War II-era-mess-hall-turned-biker-bar should look.

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Come out and enjoy Wednesday Bike night every Wednesday, Rain or Shine. There will be great music from live bands and many people riding their show bikes. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the time away from work, not to mention the roads around are great fun to ride. Just be sure that you ride safely.

Be sure to purchase a cap or shirt as a souvenir on your way out.


Electric Motorcycles – The Reinecke Law Firm


With the rise of technologies in batteries and electric motors there have been significant improvements in combining them in motorcycles. Brammo was one of the first companies to come out with a good powerful electric motorcycle with a decent endurance of range for a battery but the fall was the price of the motorcycle. Brammo has since been bought by Polaris. A lot of people are hoping that with the development of electric motorcycles they will come down in costs and the range of the battery would be more than 50 miles and quite possibly the amount of power would be improved. They are on the rise and only time will tell where they will go.

Is it worth the cost of changing from a full gas motorcycle to an electric? As of right now it is not unless you are only riding your motorcycle less than 5-10 miles an hour and plan on traveling at a rate of less than 50 mph or if you have $25,000 pocket change to drop on the new Victory Impulse TT that Brammo (Polaris) has created. If that is what you plan to do you might as well look into buying an electric mountain bike that you could take on and off the road as well as ride on sidewalks.


Pros and Cons of Electric and Gas Powered Motorcycles


Pros of Electric Motorcycles

  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Electricity is cheaper
  • No Emissions
  • Quiet (this can be a pro and a con)
  • Minimal moving parts
  • Direct Power
  • No Gears
  • No Clutch

Cons of an Electric Motorcycle

  • Heavy
  • Battery Charging Time
  • Distance Range
  • Quiet (others won’t hear you coming)
  • Not very powerful
  • Expensive
  • Not many dealerships know how to service



Pros of Gas Powered Motorcycle

  • Light weight
  • Fast
  • Range is dependent on gas availability (forever)
  • Loud (People can see hear you coming)
  • Upgrades are easier
  • Relatively Cheap
  • Bigger selection and sizes

Cons of Gas Powered Motorcycle

  • Loud (neighbors will not like it)
  • Maintenance Costs are relatively high
  • Can be messy
  • Shifting gears
  • Smell bad
  • Have to warm them up
  • Harder to learn


It is all about your preference and how much you want to spend in the end. An electric motorcycle might be good if you plan to have it more than ten to fifteen years but you will be stuck with having to change a battery out by then or even a couple times which pretty much cost half of the bike you bought it for. A gas-powered motorcycle, if maintenance is kept, will last for more than 15 years but you will lose some power due to wear and tear.

Not mention that insuring an electric motorcycle will cost you more because of the bike costing more than a gas powered motorcycle. It might be best to see what’s down the road a little further before we start having a more precise debate on whether an electric motorcycle would be preferred over a gas motorcycle.

Companies that make electric powered motorcycles-

Victory Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles

Lightning Motorcycles

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or crash call The Reinecke Law Firm today to see how we can help you make a full recovery to getting all that was lost in your motorcycle accident case. Do not hesitate to call us at 1(800) 275-8326. Call for a free case evaluation.

Most Common Motorcycle Injuries – The Reinecke Law Firm

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It’s not the matter of ‘if’ you will ever crash on your motorcycle but the ‘when’ you are going to crash. Motorcycles are never the safe way to travel but they sure are a fun way to travel and that is why so many riders risk, day after day, riding thru traffic and getting ahead of the game. It is always important to be safe and wear proper protection when you are riding on the roads with motorists that have an animal like behavior. We don’t hate motorists but we do despise a lot of their driving behaviors, especially when they are not obeying the laws of the roads. Crashes do happen and the injuries that come from them can be felt instant to many years later. Be sure that if you are ever in a motorcycle crash go to the doctors and receive medical help.

Top injuries that are involved in motorcycle crashes range from little bruises to full broken bones and more. Below we will talk about the most common injuries that come from a motorcycle crash.

1. Head Injuries

Your head is the most important part of your body that you need to protect. Your brain is also one of your most important organs that you need to take care of. If you suffer a concussion you could potentially have brain damage or even something potentially worse, fatality. Your neck is also very vital and important because it supports your heavy head from falling over. Neck injuries could cause you to be paralyzed or even killed. Helmets and neck guards are ways to help save you from being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. Always be sure to ride with them.

2. Road Rash

Many reasons that road rash is a common injury is do to the fact of riders not wearing protective clothing such as a leather suit or pads. Road rash occurs when the body is dragged or slides on the roads causing terrible burns from the pavement. Most of the time a rider loses control of their motorcycle they will end up with road rash on their legs, hands, arms, back and even their stomachs. Leather and pads are the best way to prevent road rashes from happening.

3. Leg Injuries

Your legs and feet take a toll when it comes to motorcycle crashes. A lot of times in crashes legs and feet are crushed to broken and most wont be fatal but if you ignore signs too long you may never be riding again. It is wise to wear boots and guards while riding to prevent less damage that might occur when you have a crash.

4. Biker’s Arm

This is not a common injury non-motorcyclists hear too often. Biker’s arm happens when during a crash the rider uses all his arms to take the impact, including landing after the crash. Permanent nerve damage can come from a small impact. Many biker jackets are fit to prevent this from happening but are not guaranteed to resist it.

5. Muscle Damage

Muscle damage is common when involved in a motorcycle crash. To prevent muscle damage you must ride with proper protection as mentioned above and when involved in an accident go to the hospital to be checked for any muscle damage. If you wait too long you may become paralyzed in those areas and will have a hard time getting around. Another important muscle that you must take care of is your ear drums. Protect them from the increased amount of sound when riding your motorcycle. Wear proper ear plugs that allow you to hear the environment around you.

Remember that if you are ever in a motorcycle crash be sure to go to the hospital first for your injuries. Then call The Reinecke Law Firm to have an evaluation of your motorcycle crash at 1(800)275-8326.

Recent Motorcycle Accidents in Southern California

Newport Motorcycle Accident

A couple was riding a motorcycle when a left turning drive pulled out too early. The couple was launched from the motorcycle when the vehicles collided. Both the rider and the passenger were injured severely.

The accident happened in Newport at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Harbor View Drive around 4:30 PM on March 30th 2016.

Both riders were sent to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the car was not injured. The cause of the crash is unknown but there were no drugs, alcohol, or excessive speeding to be part of the case.

Long Beach

April 6th, 2016. 105 w before long beach blvd
Someone reported around 8 AM, “Biker down on the 105 w fwy, blue and white older model suzuki sportbike. Before getting to the long beach blvd exit.” Chp was on scene, however the rider nor medics weren’t present. No other info is available regarding the rider.

Motorcyclist Down in Cerritos

April 4th 2016. 605 north at Katella off ramp at 9 AM

An accident with two up and another vehicle occurred. Both the passenger and rider were thrown from the motorcycle. Per CHP CAD, a female passenger was injured. No info was provided regarding the rider.

Motorcycle Accident in Bellflower

April 1st 2016. 91w near the 605 freeway

Member reported at 9:59am, “91 Westbound. Blue Yamaha, looks like early 2000’s R1. Police on scene. Rider appeared “OK” laying on ground helmet off. Wearing black hoodie and had a beard.” Another vehicle is involved in this incident.

No other info is available at this time.

The Reinecke Law Firm

Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence in Southern California. We hope that riders are always wearing protection and riding safely and obeying the laws. We wish those that have been involved in motorcycle accidents seek professional advice before settling with their insurance company. At The Reinecke Law firm we fight to help fallen riders recover what the lost and more. Give us a call at 1(800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation.

How Motorcycles are Made – The Reinecke Law Firm

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Have you ever wondered how motorcycles are built or made? Motorcycles can be both simple and complex in design but many are made the same way that cars are created, in large industrial factories. Many motorcycles are first designed in clay and then in the computer where files can be put into machines to build different parts of the motorcycle. Once the parts are manufactured they can then be put together using bolts and hardware.

Below is a video of the Honda Goldwing motorcycle building process as uncovered by the “How it’s Made” TV program from the Discovery channel.

This whole process starts with the creation of the aluminum frame, to the assembly of the motor, then to the body and controls of the bike. It is quite amazing how much work goes into assembling just one bike at a time. Take a look below for how a v-twin motorcycle engine is made.

There is a lot more to motorcycles than most people think but I am sure there are many people looking to simplify motorcycles as much as possible. The most simple the motorcycle the less work there is need to be done to it. Choppers are a great examples of being simple motorcycles but are still in need of a lot of work because of their customization. There are many classifications of motorcycles because of their different uses but most of them can relate to being built using the same steps as shown above. Motorcycles range from dirt bike, street cruisers, choppers and bobbers, sport bikes, leisure bikes, cafe racers, enduro, trials and dual sport.


We recommend that you always know the risks in building and modifying a motorcycle. If not done properly you may risk the chance of breaking the motorcycle, voiding the warranty, and even cause a serious accident. We recommend you take your motorcycle to a dealership or a chopper shop to assist you in your motorcycle endeavors.

Remember to always ride full clothed and with proper safety equipment as well as a valid motorcycle license.

If you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately for a free case evaluation. Our Lawyer Tom Reinecke has worked with thousands involved in motorcycle accidents and knows how to help you with your case. Call 1(800)275-8326 today!


How to Obtain a California Motorcycle lisence


California offers two classes of motorcycle license: M1 and M2. With an M1 license, you may ride any type of motorcycle with an attached motor, or any motorized scooter. With an M2 classification, you will be permitted to drive a motorized bicycle, a moped, a bicycle with an attached motor, or a motorized scooter only.

How to get a motorcycle license in California:

Visit your local California DMV office.
Complete a Driver’s License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44).
Provide proof of your identity.
Pass the California motorcycle written test.
Pass a Basic Rider Course or the motorcycle skills test.
Pay the $33 motorcycle license/endorsement fee.

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