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Irvine Motorcycle Crash May Have Been Caused by Drunken Driver

December 31, 1969

An Orange County, California motorcycle accident has claimed the life of a 32-year-old rider. Police believe that a suspected drunken driver caused the collision.

The deadly Irvine traffic accident occurred late Thursday night on the I-405S. The California Highway Patrol says that 27-year-old Laguna Beach resident Leslie Juarez was operating her 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse at a fast speed when her vehicle crashed into a 2006 Nissan Sentra, causing the second vehicle to go over the median wall and into three of the I-405N's lanes.

A 1995 Tacoma then hit the Sentra, which was forced to a crashing halt. This is when a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle collided into the Sentra.

The motorcyclist died from his injuries, while the Sentra's driver sustained minor injuries. Officials from the Orange County Coroner's Office have identified the motorcyclist as Santa Ana resident JC Droege.

Juarez, who also sustained minor injuries, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.

Orange County, California Motorcycle Accidents:
Our Irvine traffic crash lawyers represent motorcyclists and their families in their Orange County, California personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death cases against negligent drivers, motor vehicle, manufacturers, and others liable parties. "Many people like to blame motorcyclists for their accidents, when in fact most riders obey the rules of the rode and do everything they can to avoid getting involved in a deadly collision," said Howard Law, PC Founder and Anaheim motorcycle crash attorney Vincent Howard.

2010 US Motorcycle Crash Facts:
• There were 4,309 US motorcyclist deaths in 2010.
• This makes up 13% of all traffic crash fatalities.
• 58% of the riders that died were wearing helmets.
• The helmet use rate for motorcycle passengers who were killed was 49%.
• Over 50% of motorcycle deaths occurred on freeways, interstates, and other major roads.

Even when they are wearing a helmet and protective clothing, motorcyclists are at a huge disadvantage in the event of an Orange County, California motorcycle accident. It is not uncommon for riders to be thrown from their vehicles and into oncoming traffic, another vehicle, the ground, or a concrete wall or barricade. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, limb loss, and other serious injuries are not uncommon.

"A motorcyclist that is lucky enough to survive an Irvine motorcycle accident may have to spend months recovering from serious injuries, which means he/she may have to take time off work while experiencing a general disruption of his/her life," said Orange County, California motorcycle accident lawyer Vincent Howard. Do not hesitate to contact our Anaheim personal injury law firm to explore your options.

Motorcyclist dies in suspected DUI Crash, The OC Register, March 30, 2012

Motorcycles, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

More Blog Posts:
Santa Ana Man Files Orange County, California Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Against the County, the State, and the City of San Clemente, California Injury Lawyers, January 4, 2011

More Young Motorcycle Riders Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries Because of Inadequate Helmet Laws, California Injury Lawyers, November 2, 2010

Hyundai and Family of Man Killed in 2005 Santa Ana Motorcycle Crash Reach Orange County, California Wrongful Death Agreement, California Injury Lawyers, September 22, 2010

Anaheim motor vehicle accident attorney Vincent Howard represents clients in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.