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Officer injured in collision with truck

In the event of a truck accident, it is often other vehicles involved that get the worst of the collision. This is due in large part to the fact that trucks are bigger than every car and motorcycle on the road. In the event of a motorcycle and a truck colliding, the end result can often times be serious injury or even death.

During the morning hours of Oct. 8, 2013, an Ontario, California, police department motorcycle officer collided with a truck. As a result, the man was taken to a local hospital by air in serious condition. According to Ontario police, the injuries suffered by the motorcycle officer are serious but not life-threatening. At this time, it is unclear as to which type of injuries were sustained.

While driving north on Archibald Avenue, a truck driver turned in front of the officer. Without time to get out of the way, the motorcycle struck the truck that led to him being thrown from the bike.

At this time, the cause of the accident has yet to be determined. The 43-year-old driver of the truck was not injured in the accident. Although police have yet to issue a citation, this is not being ruled out. Instead, they are waiting for the investigation to come to an end in order to determine how to move forward. Ontario police, along with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, are inspecting the truck.

This story shows the importance of all drivers sharing the road, regardless of what type of vehicle they are driving. In this case, it appears that a mistake by the truck driver, in which he pulled in front of the motorcyclist, has led to serious injuries for the motorcycle cop. The driver of the truck could be subject to civil litigation from the injured officer. Compensation may be sought for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.


Source: 
Daily Bulletin, "Ontario police motor officer injured in semi truck crash" Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Oct. 08, 2013

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