One Simi Valley motorcycle patrolman is lucky to be alive after his motorcycle was involved in an accident with a truck on Wednesday, June 15.
The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. as the officer was headed south near Los Angeles Avenue on Tapo Canyon Road. As he entered the intersection, a pickup truck going in the opposite direction made a U-turn directly into his motorcycle's path.
He slammed into the pickup and the impact threw him clear of his motorcycle. The 14-year police veteran suffered internal injuries, serious head injuries, numerous broken bones and required hours of surgery. In the hours following his operation, he was listed in critical but stable condition.
In the coming weeks, it's possible that the might still need more surgeries; however, the police department is not releasing detailed information about the officer's medical condition.
The 43-year-old driver of the truck, a Simi Valley resident, was uninjured in the wreck. Police did not cite her for any violations. Drugs or alcohol are not thought to have contributed to the collision.
If you get injured on the job in an accident while riding a motorcycle, you can apply for workers compensation benefits. If the injury is not connected to your employment, it would be covered under the personal injury statutes in California's civil code.
Sometimes an injured rider can handle a claim him or herself. But often an insurance company will balk, stall or lowball the claimant. In those instances, it is usually best to seek legal advice to make sure that you get the full value of the claim to which you are entitled.
Source: KABC-TV, "Simi Valley Motorcycle Officer Hospitalized After Crash with Pickup Truck," June 17, 201