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Police officer involved in hit-and-run motorcycle accident

Public perception of motorcyclists is not always positive. They are often portrayed as being reckless, speeding and weaving in-and-out of traffic. On television and in movies motorcyclists are often menacing trouble makers. This perception often leads people to blame the motorcyclist when there has been a motorcycle accident. People are quick to think that the motorcycle had to have done something wrong -- if they had acted differently, the accident would not have happened.

The reality is, however, much different from this picture. Motorcyclists are often law abiding citizens looking to enjoy Pennsylvania's roadways. Many motorcycle crashes are actually caused by distracted or negligent drivers that do not pay enough attention. They often fail to yield to motorcycles, and cause significant damage. Motorcyclists do not stand a chance against these types of drivers. They are left to deal with the injuries, costs and rehabilitation -- if they are able to walk away from the accident alive.

On Sept. 10, an off-duty Pennsylvanian police officer was out riding his motorcycle. At around 3:15 p.m., the officer was hit by a car. Instead of stopping, the car continued to drive away from the scene. The officer was injured in the accident. He was taken to a local hospital. Thankfully, he suffered from only non-life threatening injuries.

A little while after the accident, police apprehended the female driver of the car that hit the motorcyclist. She was arrested and taken into police custody. The police continue to investigate the cause of this accident.

If police find that the woman was negligent and caused this motorcycle accident, then she may be responsible for compensating the officer for any damages suffered in this crash. While this officer was lucky to walk away with his life, it is likely he will have incurred significant costs related to this accident. There are likely medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that he should not have to pay for.

Source: CBS Philly, "Off-Duty Officer Injured In Cheltenham Motorcycle Crash," Sept. 10, 2012

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