California Highway Patrol officer injured in motorcycle accident

California Highway Patrol officer injured in motorcycle accident

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 have suffered.

Source: KCAL-TV, "CHP Motorcycle Officer Injured In Chatsworth Crash" No Author Given, Nov. 08, 2013

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