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”

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.

Laguna Niguel Motorcycle Accident Seriously Injures Man

A motorcyclist was hit by a car in Laguna Niguel at 5:15pm on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the intersection of Golden Lantern Street and Paseo Adelanto according to Orange County news sources. While the Laguna Niguel motorcycle accident is still under investigation, authorities report the motorcyclist was hit by the car and then thrown from the motorcycle.

This is a very unfortunate situation but it highlights two times when motorcyclists should be extra vigilant: at intersections and Continue reading “Laguna Niguel Motorcycle Accident Seriously Injures Man”

Motorcycle Airbag Suits Dainese

Finally the first airbag-equipped motorcycle race suits go on sale in the USA – the Dainese D-Air Racing suits. (Dainese has been working on D-Air since 2000). Rival brands are also expected to sell soon in the US.

The Dainese D-Store San Francisco offers the Misano (cow hide) which retails for $2,499 in stock sizes. The Mugello is kangaroo leather and is custom only. The D-Store SF suit in their showroom retails for $5,500 according to their facebook page.  No word yet on what the D-Air Street, a motorcycle airbag suit for anyone, will Continue reading “Motorcycle Airbag Suits Dainese”

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On US 101 After Lane Splitting

A motorcyclist, who appeared to be Lane Splitting, was killed on Sept 22, 2015 in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto. According to the CHP, the motorcycle collided with the rear end of a vehicle, the rider was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

While the accident remains under investigation, it has been reported by most news outlets that the motorcyclist was driving fast in slow moving traffic.

It is too soon to say if the motorcyclist was Continue reading “Fatal Motorcycle Crash On US 101 After Lane Splitting”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Hwy 101 Mountain View

A fatal Motorcycle Accident occurred on Highway 101 in Mountain View. Shortly before 9 a.m. on August 06, 2015, officers responded to a report of a collision between a motorcycle and big rig dump truck on northbound Highway 101. A 24-year-old Fremont man on a motorcycle was killed in the collision according to reports by abc7 news.

There is no information at this time on what caused the fatal motorcycle accident or who was at fault.  Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call CHP Officer Moises Escoto at (650) 369-6261.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics

The latest statistics for motorcycle accidents in California show 484 fatal accidents and 11,784 injury accidents involving motorcycles for the year 2013. In over 34% of the Continue reading “Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Hwy 101 Mountain View”

California Motorcycle Lawyer New Blog

Tom Reinecke – California Motorcycle Lawyer
Tom Reinecke – California Motorcycle Lawyer

California Motorcycle Lawyer New Blog

Hi, I’m Tom Reinecke and I’m a motorcycle enthusiast, rider and lawyer. I started this blog so I can share important information with the California motorcycle community about motorcycle safety, law and tips for riders.

I am the Founder and Managing Attorney of The Reinecke Law Firm. Since 1987,my professional staff and I have successfully represented thousands of motorcyclist and their families involved in motorcycle accident and injury cases throughout California.

Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Southern California

I am consistently named one of the “Top Personal Injury Lawyers” in Southern California, “Top Attorneys in Orange County” and also Motorcycle Personal Injury “Super Lawyer” in the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading “California Motorcycle Lawyer New Blog”