Police officers have a dangerous job. In addition to the dangers posed
to them by possibly violent perpetrators, they spend many hours on the
roadways every day and must often travel at high speeds. The dangers are
particularly prevalent among motorcycle officers, although the motorcycles
are cheaper and more agile than police cruisers. Those motorcycles, though,
offer less protection to the officer in the event of a crash.
This means motorcycle officers, like all motorcyclists, face serious dangers
on the road. This was evidenced in a recent accident case, in which a
California Highway Patrol officer was injured when he collided with a
local garbage truck.
The officer was riding a police-issued motorcycle at the time of the incident.
The garbage truck attempted to make a wide right turn in front of the
officer; the motorcycle struck the side of the garbage truck. The officer
was received injuries that were described as "moderate," though
no additional information was immediately available. He was taken to a hospital.
The truck driver, when questioned by police, stated that he did not see
the police officer in the right lane when he attempted the wide right
turn. Unfortunately, failing to spot motorcycles is a common factor in
motorcycle accidents. Drivers have a responsibility to stay alert and
aware on the roadway, especially when changing lanes or turning. Failure
to keep the necessary awareness can lead to a
catastrophic injuries. It could also leave one liable in a personal injury lawsuit, which would
require the negligent driver to compensate victims for the injuries they
Source: KCAL-TV, "CHP Motorcycle Officer Injured In Chatsworth Crash" No Author Given, Nov. 08, 2013