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San Francisco Area Car Accident Injures Police Officer


A police officer sustained injuries in a San Francisco car accident early morning on April 11, 2010 after a teen driver ran a red light and T-boned his patrol vehicle. According to a CBS news report, the officer was driving west on Haste Street, in Berkeley, when a sedan, with five teens inside, ran a red light at Telegraph Avenue and struck the officer’s car. The sedan also slammed into a power pole after the collision, and the patrol car ended up striking a building at a corner of the intersection.

The police officer, who was a 20-year veteran, seems to have sustained neck and back injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officials say alcohol or drugs were not a factor. The 17-year-old driver has not been cited or arrested pending an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

I sincerely hope the police officer in this case was not seriously injured. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. It is also extremely fortunate that none of the young people in the car was hurt.

Car Accident Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 634 injuries involving car accidents in Berkeley, California. In Alameda County as a whole, car accidents claimed 82 lives and caused 6,935 injuries during the same year.

Rules of the Road

If the details of this news report are accurate, the teen driver of the sedan may have run a red light before broadsiding the officer’s car. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation in California. There are various California Vehicle Code sections that are part of what we commonly refer to as “rules of the road.” These code sections address motorists’ behavior at intersections, especially those controlled by traffic signals. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”

Liability Issues

In this particular case, the police officer was on the job at the time of the accident, which means that he is entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. However, if it is determined that the teen driver is at-fault for the accident, then, he or she could be held liable as well. An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to help victims in such car accident cases better understand their legal rights and options.

Are you in favor of red light cameras at intersections? Do you think they help reduce the number of crashes caused by red light runners?

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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