California motorcycle officers go through extensive training and instruction in order to become safe and proficient law enforcement motorcycle operators. Their training and education extend far beyond that of a typical civilian motorcycle operator. The intense training is meant to not only teach police officers how to perform their job duties on bikes rather than in cars but also how to stay safe as they are often put in perilous situations while riding their bikes.
Unfortunately, 2019 has not gotten off to a great start for California motorcycle officers as there have been a number of accidents involving police officers in just the first quarter of the year. As Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys know, motorcycle accident injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal.
California police officer motorcycle accidents
See below for details of some of the accident scenarios and injuries sustained by police officers while they were carrying out their job duties.
- March 11: At approximately 10:20 am, a California Highway Patrol officer’s 2017 Harley Davidson patrol motorcycle collided with a Volkswagen Golf on Highway 101 in San Mateo. The officer reportedly suffered major, but not life-threatening injuries including a broken arm in the motorcycle accident that occurred southbound on 101, just south of Third Avenue.
- February 20: A Santa Barbara motorcycle police officer was involved in a collision with a Honda sedan on Las Positas Road just after 2:00 pm while attempting to make a U-turn, according to witnesses. The Officer was able to radio for help and was taken to the hospital via ambulance with what was later described as moderate injuries.
- February 21: A Torrance motorcycle officer was hospitalized after he sustained injuries in a multivehicle crash on the 405 near the 605 Freeway interchange. Among other injuries, the officer suffered a broken arm.
- January 10: Three San Francisco police officers were involved in an accident while all three were on police motorcycles riding eastbound on Bryant Street near Fifth Street. Two of the officers were injured in the collision and transported to the hospital. The cause of the accident was not clear as the police department cited “unforeseen circumstances.”
- January 13: A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was injured on Bay Bridge just west of Treasure Island when a large truck veered into his lane. The officer was thrown from his motorcycle but escaped further injury as he avoided oncoming traffic by scrambling to the shoulder of the road. The officer was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
- January 23: A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was injured in an accident in Escondido on Interstate 15 near the Via Rancho Parkway exit. As the officer pulled over to the shoulder to help a disabled vehicle, he was struck by another vehicle. The officer was treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Fortunately, the officers involved in these accidents were able to recover from their injuries. As motorcycle crash attorneys know, motorcycle accident injuries can be life-changing and devastating. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg to discuss your injuries and damages.