Scott Naganuma Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Police officer Scott Naganuma Injured In Car Accident While Riding Motorcycle Along Las Positas Road
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (February 23, 2019) – A Santa Barbara police officer identified as Scott Naganuma was injured in a car accident while riding his motorcycle on Las Positas Road.
Santa Barbara police officials are saying that the motorcycle accident took place around 10:30 a.m. by Adams School. The officer was attempting to make a U-turn on a light when he was hit by a person driving a Honda.
Witnesses are saying that Scott Naganuma was able to use his radio to call for help. Witnesses stayed with the downed officer until he was able to be taken to the hospital.
Investigators will potentially do accident reconstruction in order to determine what happened.
Liability In Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycles are by their nature far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and less stable than four-wheel vehicles.” They estimated that there are around 1,028 injuries in 2015 for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. A number of very serious injury accidents take place as either motorcyclists or drivers are turning left.
According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Drivers should yield the right of way when making a u-turn unless they have a green light. If a California police officer was injured on the job they will typically have access to worker’s compensation. According to California’s Workers Compensation guidebook, “Workers’ compensation covers some, but not all, stress-related (psychological) injuries caused by your job.” In addition to worker’s compensation an injured worker may be able file a third party liability claim in order to recover damages against any negligent drivers. A motorcycle accident attorney can investigate your claim free of charge and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Santa Barbara police officer Scott Naganuma as he continues to recover. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. It’s encouraging that so many people tended to the injured officer following the accident.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a motorcycle accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to assist you in any way that we can. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims on behalf of our clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You can always reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.