An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was involved in a motorcycle accident over the weekend in El Centro.
According to KSWT News, 30-year-old Adalberto Ponce was riding southbound on SR-86 near the Borrego Salton Seaway in El Centro when his motorcycle rear-ended a trailer. Ponce was ejected from the motorcycle and flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment. Authorities say that although Ponce was wearing a full face helmet and protective gear at the time of the accident, he still sustained major blunt force trauma.
The driver of the trailer was uninjured in the collision and neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be a contributing factor in the accident. Law enforcement officers are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident and it remains unclear how long Ponce will remain hospitalized. Hopefully, he will be able to fully recover from his injuries and resume his normal duties as a California Highway Patrol officer.
Should police determine that the driver of the trailer caused the motorcycle accident through negligent or careless actions, he could potentially face criminal charges for causing the officer's injuries. Under California law negligent drivers who cause injury or death to other motorists, including motorcyclists and bicyclist, may also face civil penalties in the form of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Individuals who are injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of their own need to be aware of their legal rights. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else's actions, you may be able to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are available to speak with accident victims in the El Centro area and throughout California concerning their rights. We are committed to helping you get the maximum amount of compensation you're entitled to.
Call us today at 1-800-722-0765 to begin your no-cost, no-obligation initial case evaluation. Help is available 24 hours a day and we want to hear from you. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we achieve a settlement on your behalf. Call now to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your California motorcycle accident injury claim.
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