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San Francisco Bay Area Motorcycle Accident Involves Hit-and-Run Driver

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An on-duty police officer sustained injuries in a hit-and-run collision after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle at an Oakland intersection. CBS News reports that the injury collision occurred the afternoon of May 5, 2010 at the intersection of B Street and 98th Avenue in Oakland. The Volkswagen Jetta that hit the Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy fled the scene of the crash. However, the 34-year-old woman who fled was arrested shortly afterward. The officer was transported to an area hospital. Thankfully, he did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

I’m glad to hear that the sheriff’s deputy was not critically injured. Officials say that the crash was so intense that the Jetta’s grill fell on to the roadway at the scene of the crash. I pray for the officer’s quick and complete recovery.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

There were 14 deaths and 489 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Alameda County, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also, car accidents claimed 82 lives and caused 6,935 injuries during the same year in Alameda County.

Hit-and-Run Law

Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime under California law. According to California Vehicle Code 20001 (a): “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” A motorist is required to stop at the scene regardless of whether he or she is at fault.

In this particular case, the injured victim will not only be eligible to seek workers compensation benefits because he was on duty, but can also claim compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. A knowledgeable San Francisco personal injury lawyer should also advise victims about how the uninsured motorist clause in their car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

What are some ideas you have to deter drivers from leaving the scene of a crash? We would like to hear from you.

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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