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Police Officer Causes Motorcycle Crash Injuring Another Cop in California

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

In the blink of an eye, an automobile accident changes lives. It usually raises questions regarding our own liability (responsibility for the accident), liability of other drivers and the effects on the people peripherally involved.

A recent California motor vehicle accident raised some interesting liability questions; questions about who was responsible and to what extent the at-fault driver was responsible. An undercover San Jose police officer drove his van in front of a retired Sunnyvale police captain's motorcycle, causing a crash that severely injured the motorcycle driver.

The motorcyclist sued the city that employed the police officer driving the van for $1.4 million and was awarded over $600,000 by the jury. During the trial, the retired officer claimed that there had been an organized attempt on behalf of the city to minimize the blame on the San Jose police officer.

Every car accident is unique and requires special attention to details regarding liability, insurance, medical care and damages. In this case, the van driver had just finished a cellphone call and may have been distracted as he followed a suspect he was trailing. There was a claim that the motorcyclist was speeding.

Source: Mercury News, "Traffic accident involving two cops colors legal ramifications," Scott Herhold, August 27, 2012.

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