Bay Bridge Motorcycle Accident: CHP Officer Escorting Disabled Vehicle On Bay Bridge Injured After Being Hit By Semi Truck Near San Francisco and Oakland
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (January 13, 2018) – A CHP officer sustained moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident after he was knocked over by a big rig on the Bay Bridge not far from Treasure Island.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 7:30 a.m. The unidentified CHP officer was helping a disabled vehicle get across the Bay Bridge.
For reasons that remain under investigation, the driver of a big rig made an unsafe lane change and hit the CHP officer as he had his lights activated.
The officer was able to get out of the lanes of traffic following the accident. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. It remains unclear if charges will be filed against the truck driver that hit the CHP officer.
Liability In Truck Accidents
When a police officer is injured in California they will typically be able to collect benefits as they continue to recover through worker’s compensation. What many don’t realize is that worker’s compensation is not the exclusive remedy for an injured worker. A person hit by a truck will have the ability to file a personal injury claim for damages. The average cost of recovering from a truck accident is $200,000, which is why the commercial policies on most semi-trucks is very large.
Victims will be entitled to lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine the specific facts of your claim and let you know what your rights are. If, for example, a truck driver was working at the time of an accident the company that employed them may face liability. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim. By failing to act quickly you may forfeit your rights.
Investigating A Truck Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the California Highway Patrol officer that was hit by this semi truck on the Bay Bridge. It is our sincere hope that his department will come to his aid and help him get through this difficult time. Anyone that saw the accident should reach out to investigators in Oakland and San Francisco as they continue to piece together what happened.
Have you been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims on behalf of our clients and we’re committed to holding companies accountable for their actions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need an investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to call us at (888) 888-9285.