Debris on the roadway may have caused a motorcycle accident that left a Sacramento police officer with injuries. The Sacramento City News reports the motorcycle accident happened the morning of July 26, 2010 at the intersection of Third Street and Richards Boulevard. The officer was traveling north on Third Street and began to turn on to Richards Boulevard when his motorcycle slid on debris. The motorcycle crashed and the police officer injured his left ankle.
I hope the officer has not been seriously injured and that he makes a speedy and complete recovery. My thoughts are with him and his family.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatal motorcycle accidents and 212 personal injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Sacramento. In 2008, 17 people died and 530 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in Sacramento County.
California Laws Involving Roadway Debris
It is illegal for motorists or others to drop items or debris from their vehicle onto the road. California Vehicle Code section 23112 (a) states: “No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.” When someone is found responsible for dumping debris onto a roadway that caused an accident, they may be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions.
It is unclear from this news article what type of debris caused the accident or who may have dropped the debris. Some commenters to the online article say that the area where this accident occurred has demolition work going on and several industrial sites. If it is determined that one of the businesses or construction companies in the area dropped the debris on the roadway, which caused this accident, then, they could be held liable for the officer’s injuries and the damages caused.
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer, who will better inform them about how their car insurance policy might apply to a roadway debris accident. When a responsible party cannot be located in a roadway debris case, the injured party may still be eligible for compensation through the uninsured/underinsured motorist clause of his or her auto insurance policy.
What are the most common types of debris that you come across on the roadway?
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