A motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident after he was rear-ended by a van at a city intersection. According to a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the officer who was traveling north on Seventh Street, stopped at a green light the morning of October 6, 2009 to let an ambulance traveling through the intersection on Howard Street cross in front of him. The driver of the van that was behind the officer could not stop in time and collided with the motorcycle. San Francisco police said the skid marks stretched at least 20 feet along the road.
The ambulance, which had its siren on, went through the intersection on a red light. The officer sustained neck and back injuries that are said to be not life-threatening. The van apparently belonged to a local organization called Self-Help for the Elderly. The van driver has not been cited pending a police investigation.
I’m relieved that this officer did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, he was not ejected from his bike or his injuries could have been catastrophic. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Motorcycle Accidents in San Francisco
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 346 injuries involving California motorcycle accidents reported in San Francisco. Also, during the same period, 51 fatalities and 3,632 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city.
According to California Vehicle Code section 21806, motorists are required to stop for emergency vehicles which have lights and/or sirens on: “…the driver of every other vehicle shall yield right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.”
Car Accident Liability Issues
There are still several questions remaining here. Was the driver of the van traveling at a high rate of speed? What was the speed limit on that San Francisco roadway? Was the van driver distracted or otherwise negligent in failing to notice that traffic was coming to a stop ahead for the passing emergency vehicle? If the driver of the van is determined to be at fault, then both the driver and the organization he or she was working for at the time of crash could be held liable. The officer, since he was on the job, will also be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
In any such injury accident case, victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will make sure their legal rights are protected and that they receive fair compensation for their injuries and damages.
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