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Police Officer Hurt in Orange County Motorcycle Accident

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A Buena Park police officer was seriously injured in an Orange County car accident after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle at a city intersection on January 2, 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the 30-year-old victim, who has nine years experience as a police officer, was southbound on Knott Avenue and near San Bruno Drive, when his motorcycle struck a Nissan Sentra. His department-issued motorcycle caught fire and was completely destroyed. The officer is said to be in the intensive care unit, but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. No one else was injured in this accident. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

My heart goes out to this officer, who was apparently on-the-job when this accident occurred. I’m pleased to hear that his injuries were not critical and that he is recovering. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. This police officer and his family will certainly be in my prayers.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

There were five injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Buena Park in 2007, according to CHP’s traffic accident statistics. Countywide, motorcycle accidents claimed 24 lives and caused 752 injuries in 2007. Also, in Orange County, 178 people died and 14,185 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.

Who or What Caused the Collision?

This news report does not have much information about how or why this collision occurred, other than the fact that it happened at an intersection. However, a commenter on the Register’s website states that the “kid” who was the driver of the vehicle turned left in front of the officer’s motorcycle causing the accident. The same commenter also says that the intersection where this accident happened has been the site of several similar collisions.

Liability Issues

If this commenter has the right information, then the driver of the vehicle could be held liable for the accident and the officer’s serious injuries. If the officer was in fact, on-the-job at the time, he will receive workers compensation benefits. In addition, the at-fault driver (if that was the case) can also be held financially responsible here.

In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to consult an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the accident and make sure the negligent parties are held liable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at this intersection caused or contributed to this accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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