Distracted driver kills motorcyclist and cyclist in Moorpark

A woman who was driving while distracted, using her cell phone, caused the deaths of Jesse Cushman and Maciek Malish. Cushman was riding his motorcycle and Maciek was riding his bicycle at the time of the accident.

Both Cushman and Jesse died at the scene of the accident. Rachel Hill was the driver that killed both these men. Hill hit Malish first and tried to self correct herself and ended up hitting Cushman.

CHP recommended that Hill be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter but the Ventura County District Attorney filed misdemeanor charges instead. Both of the Victims’ families are outraged by the decision.

“How can you do something illegal, have total disregard for somebody else’s life, ultimately kill two people and get a slap on the wrist. How is that just?” asked Julia Cushman, Jesse Cushman’s wife.

“You can text, kill people, and you get away with this,” Elizabeth Malish said. “It’s very wrong because we’re going to say to other people that this is OK to do it and you are actually not punished.”

Hill’s attorney said she was not on her phone at the time of the crash, but just prior to it.

“Rachel maintains and the evidence supports that she was on her phone a minute or two prior to the accident, but not actually at the time of the accident itself,” Doug Ridley, Hill’s attorney said.

Both Elizabeth Malish and Julia Cushman said they would fight for justice for their love ones.

“I’m pushing through for him. I’m fighting and pushing through this for him because I know I have to,” Julia Cushman said.

Source: ABC7 News

Norman Reedus Give Novice Riders Some Tips

On “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus’s character, Daryl Dixon, is often seen riding a motorcycle in the zombie apocalypse, a skill the actor honed for decades. Reedus is so into motorcycles that AMC gave him his own unscripted series, “Ride With Norman Reedus.”

But it’s far from a “Sons of Anarchy” meets Daryl Dixon examination of Harleys and bad boys. In the show, Reedus takes rides through various parts of the country, exploring different facets of the motorcycle culture. In the premiere episode alone, he cruises up the Pacific Coast Highway, from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz, stopping at a factory that makes electric motorcycles, and tapes a podcast with the people behind “Motorcycles & Misfits.”

Reedus says the show is for novices and experts alike. “[The goal] is to have people feel like they’re on that ride with us,” he says. “We didn’t want to be a gearhead show in anyway.”

Below, Reedus shares his tips for those newbies curious about how to start riding.

Talk to people, the old-fashioned way

Reedus says the best place to start with motorcyles is to seek out a friend who rides. “Talk to them about it,” he says. “Have them show you things. Sometimes it seems like a daunting thing to learn. But it’s kind of a natural progression from bicycle to a Vespa to a motorcycle. You just have to learn gears and certain things that involve a motor.”

Don’t go big

Reedus understands that getting on a motorcycle for the first few times can induce some anxiety. Therefore, he suggests sticking to something more manageable — and there’s no shame in it.

“You can start small,” he says. “Little motorcycles are just as fun. You just have to get over that hurdle. I can see how it can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes I get on bikes and I get intimidated.”

Norman Reedus riding with Imogen, Liza, and the Re-Cycle Garage crew, California, February 2-4, 2016
Norman Reedus riding with Imogen, Liza, and the Re-Cycle Garage crew, California, February 2-4, 2016 PHOTO:MARK SCHAFER/AMC

Surroundings matter

Beginners should focus on their immediate surroundings, Reedus says. Having access to much more in your line of sight makes the experience much different than driving a car. “You don’t have the restrictions of being in a car and seeing just what’s out the windshield and having blind spots,” he says. “You really don’t have blind spots on a motorcycle.”

That said, being hyperaware of cars around you is key. “You just have to be very aware of what’s going on around you,” he says. “Nowadays you have to assume everyone around you is texting and driving, since everyone does it.”

Get in your head

Reedus uses his time on a bike to work through the things in his day-to-day life. And it can become a zen-like process. “I do some of my best thinking with the helmet on,” he says. “That’s how I go to work every day. I think about my lines on the way to work, I decompress on the way home, I come up with ideas like that all the time. Although you’re connected to what’s around you, you’re also very isolated. The conversation is with yourself, in your head.”

Think outside the box for those first rides

“Away from traffic is the best place to ride bikes,” he says. “I discovered so many great trails and great routes throughout the U.S. based on what people told me; it was all word of mouth. Those were all my favorite rides, when you get off the beaten path. Go to the emptiest, most scenic routes. I say, take the slow route.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

Check out some of our riding tips found in our previous blogs. Our tips are truly to help save you from having a motorcycle accident or crash. If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle crash contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. We have helped thousands of motorcyclists with their cases over the past 30 years and have the knowledge to help you with your motorcycle crash. Do not hesitate to call, we are available 24/7.

Do you own a Honda Goldwing?

If you are an owner of a Honda Goldwing you may need to get your airbag replaced.

Over the past year there have been millions of Takata airbags recalled for safety reasons. The main concern is the bag projecting metal pieces like a grenade when the airbag goes off. While this has only effected cars just this week it is now effecting motorcycles.

The Honda Goldwing is the primary concern as it is the only motorcycle that has an airbag. Models of the Goldwing that are affected by the recall range from 2006 to 2010 and only in certain regions. Continue reading “Do you own a Honda Goldwing?”

Memorial Day Weekend Southern California Crashes

May 27th

Riverside

Deputy Philip Borja, 25, of Upland, died at Riverside Community Hospital after the collision, which involved two motorcycles and two cars, according to the Corona Police Department. A 24-year-old man was released from the medical center after being treated for his injuries.

The crash happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. as the two motorcyclists were heading eastbound on Hidden Valley Parkway, just east of the 15 Freeway, police said in a news release.

A Volkswagen Beetle and a motorcycle both erupted in flames after a fatal collision in Corona on May 27, 2016.A 57-year-old woman, driving a white Ford Fusion, exited a Stater Brothers parking lot and turned left onto the street. The car “entered into the path of travel of the two motorcycles” and was struck on the driver’s side by Borja, the statement said. The other rider avoided the Fusion by swerving into oncoming lanes.

Both cycles struck a Volkswagen Beetle, driven by a 22-year-old woman, traveling westbound on Hidden Valley, according to investigators. Both Borja’s motorcycle and the Beetle then erupted in flames. Neither of the two drivers was injured.

As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made nor any citations issued in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact Traffic Investigator Clark Eveland by phone at 951-817-5764 or email at clark.eveland@discovercorona.com.

May 28th

A motorcycle was fleeing from the California Highway Patrol and crashed in Hillcrest this morning, officials and witnesses said.

CHP officials say an officer tried to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high-rate of speed along southbound SR-163 near Friars Road at 8:26 a.m.

Images: Hillcrest Motorcycle Crash The motorcycle failed to stop and exited the freeway at University Avenue.

Witnesses said when the motorcycle hit a dip in the road at 6th and Robinson it crashed.

CHP officers said the rider crashed into a parked car. Debris was strewn along 6th Avenue between University and Robinson. The stretch of road was closed to traffic.

A silver car was parked near a curb and appeared to have half of the motorcycle wedged underneath its front bumper. One person was transported to Scripps Mercy according to CHP officials.

Source: NBC News San Diego

May 29th

San Bernardino

San Bernardino- SR-138  on Sunday at 1:50 PM

A 26 year old man was riding his motorcycle southbound state route 138, about 5 miles east of the I-15, when he skidded into oncoming traffic hitting a SUV hauling a boat Sunday afternoon.

Paramedics pronounced the biker dead due to fatal head injuries, he was wearing a helmet. The bikers name has been released,
Joshua Ryan Persons from Huntington Beach.

There is no further information given at this time.

Huntington Beach

Sunday, May 29. 1:30 PM

A 72 year old man was pronounce dead at the scene, when police arrived first responders where giving CPR for about half hour. 2011 BMW crossed into the westbound lane and hit head on with a Jeep containing two women ages 52 and 53 from walnut and the other covina. Both have been transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. No more further information available.

May 30th

Los Angeles

A motorcyclist and his passenger were killed early Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash in South Los Angeles. The motorcyclist was identified as the Whittier resident Edgar Inda, 29, according to Investigator Selena Barros of the coroner’s office.

The crash happened just after midnight on Washington Boulevard east of Santa Fe Avenue, said Officer S. Hui of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

Inda was driving the motorcycle eastbound on Washington Boulevard past Santa Fe Avenue when he lost control at a curve and struck the center divider. “He was probably speeding,” Hui said. Both Inda and his passenger were ejected and neither were wearing a helmet.

Inda was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

 

We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends that were involved and affected by these motorcycle crashes. We wish and hope that those that are still with us may make quick recoveries and encourage all motorcyclists to continue to ride safely. The Reinecke Law Firm is a huge supporter of the motorcycle community and has been for the last 30 years. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident we encourage you to seek medical help and then call to call The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, damaged property, loss income, and more. We Ride, We Fight, We Win.

Top Southern California Biker Bars

After a long day of working or motorcycling it’s always refreshing to refuel the most important tank, your stomach. But the big question is where to go? In this posting we will take a look at some of the most popular places to fuel up with some tasty grub. Some of these places can be found in small cities to just on the out skirts of town. Possibly on the end of the perfect riding road. Wherever you ride just keep in mind of these awesome biker bars for some great company, grub, and drinks. ***Always drink responsibly.***

Los Angeles

Big Oaks Lodge - Los Angeles Biker Bars - LA Motorcycle BarsBig Oaks Lodge
33101 Bouquet Cyn Rd.
Saugus, California
661-296-5656
Nice ride in the canyon, Good BBQ on Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Great Steak dinners starting at 5pm. Great burgers.  On weekends, this joint is filled with bikers.  Most Sundays, you’ll find an impressive array of motorcycles in the front of the Lodge and filling the adjacent parking lot.

Orange County

cooks corner2Cook’s Corner
19122 Live Oak Canyon Rd,
Trabuco Canyon, California 92679-3004
(949)858-0266
Legendary biker bar housed in an old military barracks. Hundreds of motorcycles in the parking lot on weekends – choppers, cruisers, sport bikes, you name it. Good food, live music, and a great outdoor party scene. You can’t ride in the OC without checking out this place. www.cookscorners.com

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21094 S. Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, California
(714) 960-2776
www.tumbleweedshb.com
Biker friendly and a fun crowd. Great food and STRONG, cheap drinks. Locals affectionately refer to this bar as “Stumbleweeds.” Live bands, big dance floor, pool tables and games, and lots of TVs for sports fans. If you’re hanging out in Huntington Beach, check it out.
Orange County Motorcycle Bar - Original Mike'sOriginal Mike’s
100 South Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-550-7764
Fun bar and restaurant in downtown Santa Ana. Owned by the legendary biker, “Big” Mike Harrah, who is a cross between Donald Trump and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Lots of bike nights, classic car nights, karaoke nights, live music, and other events. Decent grub and drink specials.

Riverside

hells kitchenHells Kitchen Motorsports Restaurant
32685 Ortega Hwy,
Lake Elsinore, California
(951) 609-3390 www.hellskitchen-ca.com
Motorsports themed restaurant located near the top of Ortega Highway 74.  Great food with a flame painted coffin that opens automatically for your food condiments. Paved parking for 100’s of motorcycles only – cars park in the dirt lot! Pool tables, free popcorn, Starbucks coffee, lots of beers on tap.  Outside vendors selling biker stuff on weekends.  Owners are riders.

LR_Toms_FarmsTom’s Farms 
23900 Temescal Canyon Rd
Corona,  CA  92883
(951) 277-4422 www.tomsfarms.com
Interstate 15 to the Temescal off ramp. Paved parking for 100’s of motorcycles on weekends. All kinds of different food, beer, wine, a full deli and store. Lots of shopping, furniture, crafts, etc.  Live music around the small lake.  Cool hang out.

Lookout-Roadhouse-12-640x426The Lookout Roadhouse
32107 Ortega Highway
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-6568
(951) 678-9010
Awesome view overlooking Lake Elsinore but the parking lot is dirt, so don’t wash your bike if you’re going to the Lookout.  Food & beer.

harolds saloon riversideHarold’s Saloon
3834 Megginson Ln,
Riverside, California
(909) 359-5261
91 freeway, exit Tyler Ave. to Magnolia, right turn. behind Firestone tires on corner of Magnolia & Hole ave. across from Galleria at Tyler. Extremely Biker Friendly, Great atmosphere, cute barmaids, COLD beer.

maxresdefaultLake Alice Trading Co.
3616 University Avenue
Riverside, California
(909) 686-7343
Biker friendly, Fri. & Sat. night live music

beer-garden-1Temecula Wine & Beer Garden
28464 Old Town Front Street,
Temecula, California
(909) 506-4474
Nice outdoor atmosphere, live bands, parking in the rear or on the street right out front. Very biker friendly, live music, plenty of parking and bikes always in view.

San Diego

hideoutThe Hideout Saloon & Steakhouse
27413 Highway 76
Santa Ysabel, California
760-782-3656
Lake Henshaw Area, back county northeast San Diego County. 1.5 miles west of Hwy 79 on Hwy 76.  Great food with a great ride, awesome entertainment; hundred’s of motorcycles on weekends. Paved parking. Owners are riders.

Molly'sWay Point Saloon
 
1270 Main Street
Ramona, California
(760) 789-9050
Dart and pool tourneys, parties all the time for any occasion.  Harley & sport bike friendly bar.  Great people. Awesome food.  www.mollymalones.org

the go loungeThe Go Lounge 

7123 El Cajon Blvd,
San Diego, California
(619) 460-6895
Biker owned bar. Cold beer, wine, pool, darts.  Nice patio out back. Bike parking in front, in view of window.

motorcycle cafeThe Motorcycle Cafe
624 S. Coast Hwy 101,
Oceanside, California
(760) 433-1829
As the name implies – Biker friendly.

Enjoy the bars and drink responsibly. The Reinecke Law Firm is a strong supporter of motorcyclists and has been for the past 30 years. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists all over California recover from their injuries and damages. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident or crash call The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation.

Top 5 Southern California Roads for Motorcycle Rides

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Ever get tired of riding around the city streets or over populated freeways where you are stopping and going a lot because of traffic, stop signs, and stop lights? In sunny California, we sure do. There are, however, a few good fun places to ride where all you need to do is lean and pull the throttle. We will go over some of the fun roads we have around in Southern California where you can enjoy the winding and twisting roads and not have to stop. Continue reading “Top 5 Southern California Roads for Motorcycle Rides”

Recent Motorcycle Accidents May 20th

Riverside Motorcycle Accident- May 20th

Accident #1

A minivan made a U-turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, killing the rider and tying up a major street during the evening commute through the Mission Grove area of Riverside, police say.

The 36-year-old motorcyclist from Moreno Valley died at the scene. The wreck happened at 3:53pm Friday, May 20, along the eastbound lanes of Alessandro Boulevard at Vista Grande Drive.

He was riding a 2015 Suzuki GSXR 750 heading east when a westbound 2008 Honda Odyssey driven by a 42-year-old Riverside woman turned left to begin a U-turn in front of him, Sgt. Dan Reeves said in a written statement. The names have not been given for confidential reasons.

The woman and two children that were in the minivan were unhurt, said Detective Greg Matthews. If you or anyone have any additional information please call Matthews at 951-826-8724.

Accident #2

Location: In the area of the 91 fwy just before Madison Street going toward downtown Riverside.

Approx 8:15 pm today, a rider went down on black and white sports bike. Medics were on the scene. Possibly 3 cars involved in the incident & biker appeared to be getting transported to the hospital.

Ventura

Location: I405 N / Ventura Blvd, West Valley – May 20 2016 6:05PM

In the evening a silver Honda CRV hit a red motorcycle. There may have been another car involved, but no description was given. The vehicles blocked the slow lane before they were moved over to the shoulder.

Los Angeles

May 22nd, In West LA Around at 12:15am Sunday Morning on the transition road of the southbound 405 and westbound 105, it was reported that a Motorcycle was down in the center divider, but the rider wasn’t visible. Fire Department and CHP responded. No further info is available at this time.

Norwalk

Location: I-605 WB & Imperial (Norwalk)

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Norwalk that shut down part of Imperial Highway Sunday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies were investigating the fatal crash at 6 p.m. just west of Curtis and King Road.

Investigators couldn’t say what led to the wreck that left the motorcyclist, only described as a 38-year-old man, dead. It wasn’t clear how long the partial closure would be in effect, but it was still closed at 9:30 p.m.

The Reinecke Law Firm sends our condolences to the families and friends that were involved in these motorcycle accidents and we hope that those that are still with us will make a quick and full recovery.

If you or a loved one are ever involved in a motorcycle accident please seek emergency medical attention and then contact The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation of your accident, no obligation. The Reinecke Law Firm has helped thousands of motorcyclists recover from their injuries and accidents for the past 30 years. We have seen it all and know how to help you with your case. We Ride, We Fight, We Win.

 

Famous Celebrities that have been in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles have been around for quite some time and they are thrilling, exciting, and emotional to ride. The feeling you get when you hold on an object that is more comfortable and powerful than any bicycle or horse and can take you nearly anywhere you want is a dream come true. Several celebrities, not just men, love these amazing machines and some of them own not just one motorcycle but some have several. Just because you are a celebrity or a famous person doesn’t mean that you are safe from riding your motorcycle on the streets. You’d be surprised to see which famous people have been involved in motorcycle accidents in the past. Take a look below for a list of our top celebrities that have been in motorcycle accidents. Continue reading “Famous Celebrities that have been in Motorcycle Accidents”

The History of Motorcycles

Motorcycles can date back to the time of when bicycles with pedals were first invented in Paris, around the 1860’s. They were first invented with a steam powered engine that eventually was forgotten because of the size, dangers, and lack of power and was later replaced by the gasoline engine.Vintage Motorcycle Photographs

The first motorcycles were nothing like the motorcycles that we see today. They didn’t have rubber tires, gas engines, metal frames, and some had more than 2 wheels. They ran off of coal or wood using a steam powered engine that probably gave the rider burned. Some inventors even died when giving demonstrations of their machines. They also did not have much of any brakes to slow down their contraptions which might have also led to some of their deaths. The name motorcycle was not even mentioned until 1894 when Hildebrand & Wolfuller began the first production series of motorcycles which only a few hundred were even built.

1896 marks motorcycle 2Bicycle companies in the late 1880’s and 1890’s were designing bicycles that could be adapted to include an internal combustion engine. These companies were mainly based out of England and Germany and later quickly spread to America. As the internal combustion engines became more powerful and bicycle designs outgrew the bicycle origins, the number of motorcycle producers increased. Many of the 19th century inventors who worked on early motorcycles often moved on to other inventions. Daimler and Roper, for example, both went on to develop automobiles.

In 1901 English quadricycle and bicycle maker Royal Enfield introduced its first motorcycle, with a 239 cc engine mounted in the front and driving the rear wheel through a belt. In 1898, English bicycle maker Triumph decided to extend its focus to include motorcycles, and by 1902, the company had produced its first motorcycle—a bicycle fitted with a Belgian-built engine. A year later, it was the largest motorcycle manufacturer with an annual production of over 500 units.

1950_Vincent_TT_Gre_FlashIn 1901, the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company, which had been founded by two former bicycle racers, designed the so-called “diamond framed” Indian Single, whose engine was built by the Aurora Firm in Illinois per Indian’s specifications. The Single was made available in the deep blue. Indian’s production was up to over 500 bikes by 1902, and would rise to 32,000, its best ever, in 1913 producing over 20,000 bikes per year. The American company Harley-Davidson started producing motorcycles in 1903.

During this period, experimentation and innovation were driven by the popular new sport of motorcycle racing, with its powerful incentive to produce tough, fast, reliable machines. These enhancements quickly found their way to the public’s machines.

f0299b1edb0aec46c83f6034a964389fChief August Vollmer of the Berkeley, California Police Department is credited with organizing the first official police motorcycle patrol in the United States in 1911. By 1914, motorcycles were no longer just bicycles with engines; they had their own technologies, although many still maintained bicycle elements, like the seats and suspension.

During World War I the motorcycle was was used for sending messages to front lines instead of horses, they were faster and more practical. After the war developments in the motorcycles increased with better motors, different drives, all in-cased transmissions, better wheels, and better suspension. By 1920 Harley Davidson became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles having dealers in more than 65 countries.

cafe racervespaAfter World War II some American Veterans founded Groups and Clubs of motorcyclists and created a new social institution – The Motorcyclists or “bikers”. In 1954 this group called motorcyclists or “bikers” was skewed to be the new “outlaw” when the new film The Wild One  was released. In Europe, however, motorcycles were being made more economically to attract more people to ride which brought Vespas to the market.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Japanese manufacturers, such as Honda, became a dominant motorcycle manufacturer and hurt many other motorcycle companies when the motorcycle lifestyle was changed from a tool of a life to a toy of life. The Japanese were successful do to modern designs were produced more quickly and cheaply and even better quality than their competitors, Shutting down many huge manufacturers such as Triumph, Harley Davidson and BMW. honda motorcycle

Today Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha are still the dominating manufacturers of motorcycles and they are still making developments to keep the motorcycle prices affordable for everyone. Harley-Davidson is still around and surviving due to regulations that help them be able to sell world wide along many older companies that have emerged once again with new technologies and new designs.susuki motorcycle

Seeing the transformations of motorcycles over the past 150 years has brought greater perspectives in the developments of how we got to today. The motorcycles of today compare greatly from speed and control, to the overall materials used in producing each motorcycle. We have come a long ways to making developments that will last lifetimes.

If you or a loved one is ever in a motorcycle accident get help first and then call The Reinecke Law Firm. We have helped thousands of bikers and motorcyclists recover from their accidents. We have over 30 years experience and know how to help you with your case. Call (800)275-8326 for a free case evaluation today.