A police officer was injured in a San Jose car accident after his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle at a busy intersection. According to a KTVU news report, the injury motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of March 28, 2011 at the intersection of South First Street and Alma Avenue. The officer was traveling on South First Street pursuing a motorist who committed a traffic violation. When the officer approached Alma Avenue, a light blue Honda Accord pulled in front of him causing a collision.
Authorities say the Honda, which was eastbound on Alma, made a right turn on to South First Street and entered the officer’s path. The driver of the Honda fled the scene of the crash. The officer was spotted lying on the roadway by a police sergeant. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury. Police have described the suspect vehicle as a Honda, 2004 or 2006 model. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver is asked to contact San Jose police at 408-277-4654 or simply call 911.
My heart goes out to this police officer who has been seriously injured as he was trying to do his job. I sincerely hope his head injury is not major and pray that he recovers quickly and completely.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six deaths and 90 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in San Jose. In Santa Clara County as a whole, 19 people died and 280 were injured in motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Honda failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcycle at the street intersection. In addition, the driver struck and seriously injured a police officer and left him lying on the roadway. This is an appalling act, which shows a callous disregard for a fellow human being, let alone a police officer who serves the community.
Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is also illegal under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “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.”
I certainly hope this hit-and-run driver is soon apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this driver or the vehicle, do visit our website at www.hitandrunreward.com. You can leave a tip anonymously and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
In such cases, hit-and-run victims are the ones left holding the bills. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will help car accident victims obtain fair compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and other damages. When the victim has been injured on the job, he or she can also seek workers compensation benefits from his or her employer. In cases where the at-fault motorist has not been found, a skilled accident lawyer should be able to determine if the uninsured/underinsured motorist provision of the victim’s auto insurance policy will provide compensation.
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