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UPDATE: Riverside Police Officer Injured In Caltrans Truck Accident On 91 Freeway


Sep 1, 2019

Riverside Police Car Accident: Riverside Police Officer Injured In Caltrans Truck Accident On 91 Freeway

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (August 31, 2019) – A Riverside police officer was seriously injured in a car accident after a Caltrans truck veered into his lane on the 91 Freeway. 

Just minutes before the crash, the police officer involved successfully managed to diffuse a situation involving a potential jumper from an overpass. 

The police officer got back in his patrol SUV and started traveling down the freeway. A Caltrans truck reportedly swerved into the path of the police car, possibly while it was attempting to make a u-turn.

The police officer involved in the crash sustained major injuries and had to be taken to the hospital. 

Liability In Car Accidents

Public officials like police officers and firefighters are protected by a number of laws. When a city employee is injured the city that they work for has  a legal obligation to provide them a number of benefits. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Workers Compensation Guidebook, “If you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.” This may include:

  • Medical Care: Worker’s are entitled to receive medical care including costs for treatment services, tests, medicine, equipment and travel costs to treat the injury. 
  • Temporary Disability Benefits: This can include payments for missed work as a result of a work injury. 
  • Permanent Disability Benefits: Some workers are so seriously injured that they cannot return to work. 

If an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident they may face civil liability as well. Companies and cities are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. If, for example, a driver was making a u-turn and caused an accident they could be held at fault. Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to vehicles close enough so as to pose a hazard before making a u-turn.

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.” Many accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months later. Injuries from car accidents may include:

  • Psychological injuries / changes to personality
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage

Any person that is injured in an accident with a Caltrans truck may be able to seek additional support through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations for filing municipal negligence claims. It is therefore important to be proactive. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Riverside police officer injured in this Caltrans Truck accident on the 91 Freeway. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue investigating. The Riverside police department risk their lives every day to keep us safe. When an officer is injured in the line of duty we as a community need to support them.

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in car accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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