Officer injured in motorcycle accident
In New Jersey and other states across the nation, residents use various forms of transportation to get around. Although some vehicles are safer than others, there is always a risk of an accident and a personal injury when driving or riding in any motor vehicle. Whether it is an automobile, SUV, motorcycle or even bicycle, drivers should ensure they are practicing safe driving. Even police officers, which are presumed to be extra cautious drivers, can be a victim or a party of an automobile collision.
A police officer of the New York Police Department was recently injured after a car struck him on his motorcycle. The collision occurred when the automobile driver attempted to make a lane change. An emergency crew transported the officer to the hospital where he was treated for a leg injury. It was reported that he was not in critical condition. No injuries to the driver were reported.
The motorcycle accident is still under investigation. In addition, it is not clear whether the driver was ticketed for this crash. Negligence and liability still need to be determined, and if the driver was at fault, the officer could file a personal injury claim. This would provide compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages.
Motorcycles can be a dangerous. Not only are drivers and passengers put at risk because they are on an open vehicle, but other drivers on the road are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident with motorcycles because they can easily hide in the blind spot of automobiles and go unnoticed. It is crucial that drivers take precautions when changing lanes and check their mirrors. Finally, motorcyclists should ensure that they are not riding close to other vehicles or in spots where they can be hidden from other drivers.
Source: CBS New York, “Motorcycle Officer Struck By Car On Upper East Side,” June 9, 2013