Shawn Anderson, 42, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured in a motorcycle accident after he was sideswiped by a pickup truck on Highway 60 in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the incident occurred the morning of December 5, 2013. California Highway Patrol officials say 43-year-old Robert Saucedo was driving his 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck west in the number one lane at about 55 mph.
Anderson was driving west in the carpool lane to the left of Saucedo at about 55 mph as well. Ruperto Sanchez, 49, was driving a Nissan Maxima in the carpool lane behind the officer’s Harley-Davidson. As Anderson passed Saucedo’s pickup truck on the left, Saucedo steered into Anderson’s lane. Officials say this unsafe lane change on Saucedo’s part caused the collision. Anderson’s motorcycle was pushed into the Maxima. Anderson was thrown on to the roadway. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Saucedo and Sanchez were uninjured.
It is indeed fortunate the Anderson did not suffer life-threatening injuries in this crash. I wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 16 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Rancho Cucamonga. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 26 people died and 436 were injured due to motorcycle crashes during the same year.
Unsafe Lane Change
Based on this news report, officials say that a driver who made an unsafe lane change caused this particular crash. California Vehicle Code section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
Compensation to Victims
In this case, if the LAPD officer was on duty, then, he could seek workers’ compensation benefits from his employer, which typically covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, he could also file a claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.