Motorcycle crash kills off-duty San Mateo police officer

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For many, riding a motorcycle is a fun and exciting experience because of the amount of control required to ride the motorcycle and the sense of thrill and risk associated with them. But the risk of a motorcycle accident can be very real, and even when taking safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and protective clothing, a motorcycle accident can end fatally.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy for San Mateo County was killed recently in a tragic motorcycle crash. The officer, who was wearing a helmet, was heading southbound, when a car attempted to make a left turn in front of him. The motorcycle crashed into the side of the car. The driver, a 64-year-old woman, reported that she did not see the motorcyclist and authorities took a blood sample to test for drugs or alcohol. No charges have been brought at this time.

A San Jose car accident can be tragic, and when a motorcycle is involved, it can be even more so because motorcyclists are exposed without the protective frame and air bags that cars have. Additionally, motorcycles are often more difficult for drivers to see. In fact, two-thirds of vehicle-motorcycle accidents involve a violation of the motorcycle's right of way by the vehicle. Liability in motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, is determined under the theory of negligence. All drivers and riders are required to use reasonable care under the circumstances, and failure to meet that level of care can constitute negligence.

When a loved one or family member is killed in a motorcycle accident caused by another person, such as the driver of a vehicle, the family may be able to bring a wrongful death suit and recover damages. While these damages cannot bring back the loved one who was killed, they can relieve some of the financial strain caused by the death.

Source:, "Off-duty San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy killed in crash," Joshua Melvin, Jan. 31, 2013

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