William Jay Kiernan, 47, was killed in a motorcycle accident after a vehicle turned left in front of him at an intersection in Phelan. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the fatal collision occurred near the intersection of Sheep Creek Road and Daisy Lane. California Highway Patrol officials say 27-year-old Christopher Durbin was driving a 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup north on Sheep Creek at 30- to 35 mph when he attempted to make a turn directly in the path of the motorcyclist.
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A 35-year-old man suffered major head and neck injuries in a Pasadena motorcycle accident after his motorcycle struck a pole. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the major injury collision occurred the night of October 16, 2013 at Del Mar Boulevard and Craig Avenue. Witnesses only said they heard the crash before the motorcyclist was found lying in the street severely injured. He was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition. Pasadena police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Ryan Turner, 24, of Corona was killed in a Garden Grove motorcycle accident the afternoon of October 3, 2013. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred near Orangewood Avenue and Monarch Street. Police say Turner was riding eastbound on Orangewood when he tried to pass a FedEx vehicle on the right.
A motorcyclist was injured in a Santa Ana car crash that involved six other vehicles, The Orange County Register reports. California Highway Patrol officials say that the incident occurred early morning on May 10, 2013 on the 55 Freeway north of the Dyer Road off-ramp. As cars in the left lane were hit in a rear-end collision, other drivers changed into the middle and carpool lanes to avoid the crash.
A vehicle turning into the carpool lane struck a motorcyclist who was on a Yamaha sports bike. The rider was knocked off the bike and ended up pinned under the silver Toyota Tacoma. Passers by were able to lift the truck off the motorcyclist. The man was injured, but is expected to survive. An investigation is ongoing.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 49 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in Santa Ana. In Orange County as a whole, 19 fatalities and 750 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle crashes during the same year.
Possible Unsafe Lane Change
Based on this news report, it appears that the crash was spurred by a rear-end accident. One of the vehicles turned into the carpool lane and did not see the motorcyclist approaching. California Vehicle Code section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle "shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety."
In such cases, the at-fault or negligent driver can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
A motorcyclist was fatally injured in an Arcadia car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred the night of May 7, 2013 in the 200 block of West Foothill Boulevard. Police say the motorcycle was struck by a blue Mitsubishi. The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and suffered internal injuries and head trauma. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. The driver of the Mitsubishi, possibly a Lancer, fled the scene. There is no driver description available, but officials say the electric blue Mitsubishi sustained damage to the passenger side including a missing side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.
There were no fatalities, but eight injuries involving motorcycle collisions in the city of Arcadia, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 74 people died and 2,637 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in 2010. During the same year, 147 deaths and 19,009 injuries were reported as a result of hit-and-run car accidents statewide.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to whose fault the accident was. However, California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of a crash, regardless of who was at fault. Motorists are also required to exchange information with the other parties and most importantly, get help for the injured victims. It could be something as simple as picking up a cell phone and calling 911. In this case, the driver of the Mitsubishi simple drove away leaving the critically injured motorist lying on the roadway. Outrageous!
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Responsible
I trust officials will apprehend the suspect and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this hit and run crash, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and also become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This is our way of working with law enforcement officials and the community to help nab hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to inform families about how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in an Orange County motorcycle crash after being struck by a pickup truck near an intersection in Stanton. The Orange County Register reports that the major injury collision occurred near the intersection of Katella and Western avenues the evening of April 5, 2013. The Orange County Sheriff Department's major accident reconstruction team is investigating this collision. The severely injured motorcyclist was transported in critical condition to an area hospital. So far, no arrests or citations have been reported.
Spike in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in the United States have been consistently increasing over the last decade or so, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The report showed that motorcycle accidents remained at 4,500 in 2011, the same level as 2010 despite the decline in overall traffic fatalities in 2011. The GHSA notes that motorcycle deaths remain one of the few areas in highway safety where progress has not been made. In Orange County, 19 fatalities and 750 injuries were reported in 2010 as a result of motorcycle accidents.
What Caused This Collision?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why this serious injury motorcycle crash occurred. There are still several unanswered questions here. Who was at fault? Did one of the vehicles fail to yield the right-of-way? Where was the motorcycle at the time of the collision? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was excessive speed a factor in this collision? Was the driver of the pickup truck distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent? Did the driver of the pickup make a dangerous turn? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the pickup truck is determined to have been at fault here, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured crash victims can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, medical equipment, permanent injuries, disabilities, and pain and suffering.
It is important that crash victims obtain prompt medical attention to maximize the chances of a speedy and complete recovery. Accident victims should also save all receipts and invoices and keep track of doctor visits and therapy sessions. This type of information can be very valuable during the claims process. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.
The California Highway Patrol has taken an unusual step of issuing a set of guidelines that affirm the legality of lane-splitting, a controversial practice among motorcyclists, but point out the circumstances when it is safe to split lanes. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, California is the only state in the country where lane-splitting is legal. Lane-splitting is when motorcyclists pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them. CHP officials are posting the first-ever written guidelines on the website as part of a broader highway safety initiative.
Increase in Motorcycle Collisions
CHP officials say this is a good time to release these guidelines because the number of motorcyclists is on the rise in California as is the number of motorcycle collisions. According to CHP's statistics, 9,600 people were injured in 2010 motorcycle crashes, up 25 percent since 2000. According to the California's Office of Traffic Safety 87 percent of California motorcycle riders reported that they split lanes. So far, it has been common knowledge that it is a legal practice, but no guidelines have been issued with regard to its safety.
Here are the CHP's guidelines regarding how to split lanes safely:
• Ride between cars only if there is room and at no more than 10 mph faster than the vehicles you are passing.
• Do not attempt the maneuver at full freeway speeds or in any traffic going 30 mph or faster. The fastest a motorcyclist should be going, based on that guideline while lane-splitting, is 39 mph.
• Typically, it is safer to split between lanes one and two than other lanes.
• Consider the total environment in which you are splitting, including the width of the lanes, size of surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather, and lighting conditions.
• Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users.
• Law enforcement officers can use their discretion to determine if a motorcyclist is lane-splitting unsafely and issue a citation.
It can be a dangerous practice for other drivers to stop motorcyclists from splitting lanes by blocking them. This could result in serious injury or even motorcycle crashes. As a California personal injury lawyer who represents victims of motorcycle accidents, I hope that these guidelines will give motorcyclists and motorists a better understanding traffic laws and safe driving practices.
Studies over the years have consistently shown that older motorcycle riders are more prone to injuries and fatalities regardless how experienced or healthy they may be. According to an NBC news report, recently, researchers used data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and found that there were 1.4 million injuries between 2001 and 2008 involved people over 20 years of age.
The number of injury cases among riders over 50 years of age increased during that time period by 247 percent percent, from 4,352 in 2001 to 15,107 in 2008. It other words, it almost quadrupled in the space of nine years.
How did this happen? The numbers also coincide with the time period when more and more aging baby boomers took to motorcycling. About 15 years ago, motorcycling, which requires quick reaction times, physical dexterity and conditioning, became increasingly popular among the 50 and above age group, according to a study by epidemiologists in Brown University.
Higher Injury and Fatality Rates
In addition to getting injured more often, older riders also tend to get injured more severely. Nearly 35 percent of older riders who got involved in motorcycle crashes required hospital stay. They also had the highest rates of serious injuries such as broken bones, internal organ damage and head and neck injuries. Numbers also showed that motorcycle fatalities had increased in this age group. In 2001, 4.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries were sustained by riders 60 years and older. By 2008, it was 10 percent. Fatalities among those aged 40 to 59 increased from 37 percent to 43 percent of all motorcyclist deaths.
Better Safe than Sorry
With more and more seniors taking up motorcycling, it is important that they also take the necessary steps to prevent injury. First, it is important to take a formal riding course from an accredited training school. Next, a helmet is a must - at all times. Helmets should be full-face and those approved by the Department of Transportation, not the novelty helmets that crush on impact.
Helmets have been proven to prevent and reduce the impact of head injuries, which are extremely common in motorcycle crashes. Proper riding gear such as gloves, leather pants and jacket, also help prevent injuries such as road rash. Last but not the least, like all riders, older motorcyclists must follow common-sense rules and stay away from dangerous riding practices such as lane-splitting and speeding. Remember always: safety first!
A female motorcyclist in her 50s was critically injured in a suspected DUI crash the afternoon of January 17, 2013, The Orange County Register reports. Officials say the woman was riding her Honda motorcycle eastbound on Collins Avenue near Prospect Street in Orange when she collided with a Mazda 626 pulling out of a residential property.
Officials say the driver of the Mazda, a 26-year-old woman, pulled in front of the motorcyclist as she made a left turn from the private driveway onto westbound Collins. The motorcyclist was transported to a trauma center with life threatening injuries. The driver of the Mazda was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Anyone with information with this crash is asked to contact Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.
Orange County Crash Statistics
There were 19 fatalities and 750 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Orange County in 2010, according to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 45 people died and 1,317 were injured as a result of DUI crashes countywide.
Potential Violation of California Vehicle Codes
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver pulled out of a private driveway and failed to yield the right-of-way to the oncoming motorcyclist. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): "The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic." Vehicles entering traffic "shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety." Officials are also looking into whether the driver of the car was under the influence of drugs. It is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Taking the Right Steps after a Serious Injury Crash
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges, the at-fault driver can also be held financially liable for injuries and damages. It is extremely important for injured victims or their families to preserve the evidence from the scene and contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer right away. Victims need someone on their side who will fight for their rights and deal with insurance companies that look for ways to deny or minimize the value of such claims.
Injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault party for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities and other related damages. It is also critical that victims not rush into hurried settlement agreements. In addition, they would be well advised to maintain a comprehensive list of all the expenses and damages they have incurred, which will greatly help them during the claims process.
Rolgelio Cabrello, 50, of Indio was seriously injured Monday when his 1998 Yamaha Virago collided with a 2004 Dodge Neon while traveling south on Jackson Street in Indio. The Neon was being driven by Maria Padilla, 52, of Tolleson, Arizona, who was making a left turn onto Interstate 10 directly in Mr. Cabrello's path, according to myDesert.com. Mr. Cabrello was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for treatment.
Aaron Dobine, 27, of Laguna Niguel, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Costa Mesa after losing control of his motorcycle. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred the evening of September 10, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Dobine was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson and was making his way from the southbound 405 Freeway to the 73 toll road when he lost control and hit the center median. Dobine was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. Investigators suspect that Dobine may have been traveling at a high rate of speed. At this time, they do not believe other vehicles were involved. The investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Aaron Dobine who are mourning this terrible loss. I offer my heartfelt condolences to them.
Orange County Sheriff's Deputy, Tim Africano, suffered major injuries in a Lake Forest motorcycle accident after his cycle hit a patch of wet road and crashed. According to a news report in The Lake Forest Patch, the injury crash occurred as Africano was headed south on Santiago Canyon Road near Ridgeline Road on his police motorcycle, early morning on September 6, 2012. Officials say Africano's Honda lost traction with the pavement and he was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to an area hospital with major injuries. He is expected to survive. The California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident.
My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Tim Africano as he recovers from his injuries. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Africano was recently honored by his department for the dramatic rescue of a suicidal teen from a ledge of the Banderas Bridge in Rancho Santa Margarita. He held onto the boy until two other deputies helped him pull the boy up.
Steven David Muller, 29, was killed in a Lake Forest car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that was turning left at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Peachwood and Palmwood Drive shortly after noon on August 15, 2012. Police say Muller was riding eastbound on Peachwood when the driver of a 2010 Acura made a left turn in front of him. Muller struck the driver's door of the Acura and was ejected from the bike. He was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries. No arrests or citations have been reported. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of Steven David Muller who are mourning this tragic loss. I offer my heartfelt condolences to them.
Peter H. Reinert, 57, was injured in an Orange Countymotorcycle accident when his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle veered off the roadway and crashed. According to a City News Service report, the motorcycle crash occurred along the Ortega Highway in Lake Forest the morning of August 3, 2012. Officials say he lost control of his motorcycle, veered off the roadway and was ejected when it hit a boulder. Reinert has been listed in critical condition with injuries to his head, neck, left leg and left ankle. It is unclear what caused Reinert to lose control of his motorcycle.
My thoughts and prayers are with Peter H. Reinert following this tragic Orange County motorcycle crash. I wish him the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
John Dressler, 27, was killed in a car accident in Irvine after a car struck his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway north of Lake Forest Drive the night of August 1, 2012. Officials say the two vehicles collided in the number one lane. Dressler was ejected and his motorcycle caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It is unclear how the collision occurred or if the driver will be cited or charged in connection with this fatal crash. An investigation is ongoing.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of John Dressler for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.