Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

Law professor Jane Siegel has spent more than two decades doing the things she loves: teaching law students and lawyers, and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. Last June, however, when the retired Marine Corp Colonel was riding to work on the southbound I-15 in Escondido, California, she was clipped by a Volkswagen Beetle car who merged into her lane without looking. Jane and her bike went down hard, and at 60 miles per hour she somersaulted across the concrete freeway before coming to a rest. As one would imagine, the injuries were severe. Jane was alive, but she had numerous broken bones requiring surgery, and spent the next several months in hospitals, rehab facilities, and at home in bed.

When well enough, she knew she needed legal representation, and many lawyers to choose from considering she had over the years trained several hundred San Diego lawyers. When it came time to pick up the phone she called Randy Walton at Walton Law Firm, a lawyer she taught over 20 years ago, and one she had always respected. The feeling was mutual. Randy was honored to take the case of his former professor, someone he always admired.

Here at Walton Law Firm we love happy endings. Jane is healing well and back on her motorcycle, and Randy was able to get Jane a very sizable monetary recovery for the damages she suffered in her motorcycle accident. In her appreciation for the work of Walton Law Firm, Jane sent Randy the following letter:

800px-Motorcycle_AccidentGenerally speaking, the rate of deadly motorcycle accidents has been declining in the United States over the last decade. However, the rate of fatal motorcycle accidents actually has been rising in California, according to a recent article in Health Canal. While the cumulative rate of motorcycle accidents declined by about 7% in 2013, the rate of motorcycle deaths actually rose by 13% in California. Concerned about the spike in crashes and deaths, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) looked at motorcycle accident rates between 2003-2012 and determined that fatal crashes increased by 23% across the state.

Why do the numbers make it seem as though motorcycling is more dangerous in California? Are motorcyclists at greater risk of suffering a serious or fatal injury in an accident in our state?

Highest Increases in Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in Southern California

motorcycle_02If you are riding on a motorcycle in San Diego, are you at higher risk of suffering injuries in an auto accident than other motorists? According to a recent article in the Ventura County Star, law enforcement officials in our state are concerned about motorcyclist safety and are conducting motorcycle safety enforcement operations in Southern California. It is important to know the risks associated with motorcycle accidents, and it is essential for bikers to understand the ways in which we can all work together to prevent deadly crashes.

Safety Enforcement Operation Targets Common Motorcycle Accident Areas

According to the article, earlier this month the Ventura County sheriff’s office planned an operation to “patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes have occurred.” The law enforcement officers planned to keep a close eye on traffic violations committed by automobile drivers, but also by motorcyclists who share the roadways. While not all motorcycle collisions occur during daylight hours, more auto accidents happen during the daytime work week than you might think. As such, the enforcement period focused on the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Most of us know that riding a motorcycle comes with the serious risk of being involved in a life-altering motorcycle accident. Indeed, a recent article from the San Diego Union-Tribune reminded readers about a San Diego City College student who recently lost a limb in a motorcycle collision after being struck by an automobile. Even the most careful riders can become victims of a debilitating crash. What can motorcyclists do to stay safe on the roads? According to a fact sheet from, an online portal that provides research tools to help consumers as they consider a motorcycle purchase, many of the most common motorcycle accidents are avoidable. All riders in the San Diego area should pay attention to these tips for motorcycle accident prevention.7737975658_eedb81ca82

What to Do When a Car Turns Left in Front of You

Cars turning left abruptly in front of motorcyclists are among the most common causes of a severe or fatal motorcycle accident. Automobile drivers often have difficulty determining the speed of a motorcyclist, and in some cases, those drivers simply do not see bikers at all. How can you avoid being involved in such a collision?

California is known for having a booming tech industry, and new ideas often extend to automobiles and motorcycles. To be sure, connected cars and motorcycles used to be fictions of the future, but they’re slowly becoming a reality on streets throughout the state. When it comes to motorcycles, the California-based company Zero Motorcycles, according to a recent report from Information Week, was the first to create a prototype for a connected motorcycle (back in 2006). Now, the company is thinking more carefully about motorcycle safety and the ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) might be able to help prevent deadly motorcycle accidents.17381329995_608d618937

Connecting Riders to Improve Safety

As the article emphasizes, “connected motorcycles may sound cool, but researchers are delving into more serious aspects of them.” For instance, dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) applications might be able to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in motorcycle accidents. If connected motorcycles become the norm, riders who have been involved in an accident can quickly reach out for assistance. And some applications might even be able to connect riders involved in collisions immediately with emergency medical responders.

Fallbrook Man Dies in Fatal Crash

Motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious, and in many cases they result in fatal injuries. According to a recent article in U-T San Diego, a 46-year-old man from Fallbrook died in a motorcycle crash late last month. What happened? Based on testimony from the group members with whom he had been out riding and the California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the accident, the motorcyclist rode ahead of the others and “entered a curve at high speed, braked, and lost control of his motorcycle.” The rider “was thrown from the bike and hit his head [on] the metal guard rail.”

The force from the collision was so extreme that the motorcyclist’s helmet was knocked off, and the other riders found him “lying in the road, unconscious.” The accident occurred around 11:20 p.m. The motorcyclist was rushed to a hospital in Escondido by emergency responders, but he later died from the traumatic head injury he sustained in the crash.

The Deadliest Year for the Hit-and-Run?

Have hit-and-run accidents become a serious problem in the San Diego area?  At the beginning of the summer, we told you about recent data suggesting that San Diego County is experiencing increasing incidents of deadly hit-and-run crashes.  By June of 2014, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) catalogued more than 17,000 of these dangerous collisions.  Those accidents resulted in 60 fatalities, and left more than 7,000 seriously injured.

Are pedestrian fatalities becoming the norm in Southern California?  According to a recent story from NBC San Diego, deadly hit-and-run accidents continue to happen in our area.

Borrego Springs and San Diego Motorcycle Crashes

Last Friday, a Ranchita man was involved in a dangerous one-vehicle motorcycle accident when he lost control of his bike near Palm Canyon Drive, according to an article in U-T San Diego. The driver is 62 years old. How did the accident happen? Reports indicate that he had been driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Montezuma Valley Road when he hit a curve, which caused him to lose control of his bike. According to the newspaper, he was taken to a hospital in Palm Desert by a medical transport helicopter.


A California Highway Patrol Officer at the scene explained that the victim’s motorcycle “veered across both lanes and overturned.” The motorcyclist is listed as having sustained “major injuries.”

Earlier this week, a motorcycle accident in Pacific Beach led to a driver’s arrest and put a motorcyclist in the hospital. According to San Diego Talk Radio, this past weekend a number of DUI checkpoints were set up throughout San Diego. Over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend, the city worried that celebrations from the holiday might lead to increased incidents of drinking and driving. The DUI checkpoints were intended to monitor for these drunk drivers.

However, the motorcycle accident in Pacific Beach actually happened in front of a police officer, according to a local CBS 8 station. The motorcyclist attempted to make a left turn when a driver in an automobile hit him from behind. The driver was taken into custody. He currently faces DUI charges for his role in the accident. While no specific information about the motorcyclist has been released, the California Highway Patrol expects to have more information in the coming days.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can discuss your case with you today. Although we can never be fully prepared for drunk drivers, the recent accident raises concerns about motorcycle safety here in California. Are you safe on your motorcycle?

It is commonly understood that motorcycles come with far more risks that other modes of transportation. The main reason is obvious: when involved in any sort of accident, motorcycles offer far less protection that most other vehicles save for bicycles. On top of that, because of their smaller size, it is more likely that a fellow traveler will miss seeing a biker. That makes it more likely that another driver will veer into their lane, turn in front of them, or otherwise act inappropriately to cause an accident.

Recently, a new study from Injury Prevention took a look at other factors that might affect injury after motorcycle accident. In findings that are not all that surprising, the researchers found that older motorcyclists–age sixty and above–were significantly more likely to be injured following a motorcycle accident. In particular researchers found these older travelers to have about three times more injuries after an accident when compared to their younger counterparts.

To reach their conclusions the researchers took a look at reports of serious crashes culled from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program. Over an eight year period earlier this decade that amounted to about 1.5 million motorcycle accidents.

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