A police officer on a motorcycle was recently involved in an accident, and he had to be hospitalized after crashing into a car. A passenger in the car, which was being driven by an Uber driver, was also hurt in the wreck.
Reports indicate that the California Highway Patrol officer had turned on his siren and his lights, though it’s unclear exactly how fast he was going. He was driving down Grand Avenue, going north, about 15 minutes before one in the afternoon. A call had been put in for a police response, and he was going to the scene.
A sedan was coming the other direction, going south on Grand. The driver was heading for the eastbound 22 freeway, and he had to turn left to get on the interstate. Unfortunately, he turned left without waiting for the motorcycle to go by, cutting in front of the vehicle’s path, and the two slammed into each other.
Someone who saw the accident said that the officer did try to turn or swerve to miss the sedan, but that he couldn’t quite do it. The bike clipped the car on the right side, in the rear.
That witness then said that the bike basically exploded as it crashed, with pieces of it flying all over the road, and the officer himself flew nearly three meters. The witness did say that the officer was able to move after the wreck, before being taken to the hospital.
Left turn accidents are very common with motorcycles, and they can cause serious injuries, so those who are hurt must know what rights they have to compensation.
Source: OC Register, “Update: CHP motorcycle officer injured in crash near 22 freeway,” Alma Fausto, Louis Casiano, May 03, 2016