Encino Bicycle Accident: Bicyclist Critically Injured In Encino LAPD Motorcycle Accident In Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area By West Burbank Boulevard
ENCINO, CALIFORNIA (June 24, 2019) – A bicyclist was critically injured after being involved in a car accident with an LAPD motorcycle officer by the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area by West Burbank Boulevard.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help both victims. The bicyclist was transported to a trauma center in critical condition in order to receive treatment.
The cause of the Encino LAPD motorcycle accident with the bicyclist remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In LAPD Motorcycle Accidents
Generally speaking, LAPD officers and other emergency responders have a great deal of immunity from civil claims. According to California Vehicle Code 21055, “The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle is exempt from Chapter 2 …. If the vehicle is being driven in response to an emergency call or while engaged in rescue operations or is being used in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or is responding to, but not returning from, a fire alarm.” However, police officers and other emergency responders must warn other drivers about their presence.
According to section (b) of the statute, police officers and emergency responders must sound “a siren as may be reasonably necessary and the vehicle displays a lighted red lamp visible from the front as a warning to other drivers and pedestrians.” If police officers fail to use their lights and sirens they are held to the same standard as everyone else. They will not be immune from civil suit and must obey all relevant traffic laws. Faster moving vehicles like motorcycles must take caution to avoid hitting bicyclists.
A number of accidents take place when motorcycle officers are simply not paying attention to their surroundings. If a motorcycle officer was negligent and caused an accident the department that they work for may face civil liability. Police departments are generally liable for the conduct of their officers – insofar as those officers are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person that is injured may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A bicycle accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are.
Getting Help After A Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the bicyclist who was injured in this LAPD motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been affected. Could this accident have potentially been avoided?
Have you or someone that you care about been involved in an accident with an LAPD motorcycle officer. You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are aware of their legal rights. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.