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Police Officer Injured in Motorcycle Accident

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A police officer was injured in a San Francisco area car accident after his motorcycle was rear-ended by another vehicle the evening of February 1, 2011. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and 43rd Street in Emeryville. The officer was stopped at the intersection while pedestrians crossed the street. At that moment a northbound vehicle failed to stop and struck him from behind. The officer was transported to an area hospital, but his injuries are not considered to be life threatening. Police say the motorist failed to even slow down while approaching the intersection. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured police officer following this Emeryville motorcycle accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 14 people were injured in Emeryville motorcycle accidents. During that same year, 14 fatalities and 495 injuries occurred involving Alameda County motorcycle accidents.

What Caused This Injury Car Accident?

Investigators say the motorist did not slow down while approaching the intersection. Drivers on San Pablo do not have a stop sign at this intersection but there is a clearly marked crosswalk. California law requires all motorists to come to a stop at crosswalks where pedestrians are crossing.

California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Liability Issues

If the other driver is determined to have been at fault, the motorcycle officer in this case can seek compensation for injuries and losses. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise car accident victims about their legal rights and options.

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