San Diego News 8 reported that San Diego police officer, Bruce Byron, was seriously injured as a result of an auto accident on March 30, 2011. The motorcycle accident occurred around 6 a.m. when the 47-year-old Byron, a 19 year veteran of the SDPD, was on his way to work from his house in San Marcos. He was riding his police motorcycle eastbound on Borden Road when Cynthia Kusimoto a 27-year-old Escondido woman driving a Honda Civic northbound on Palo Alto Court turned left in front of Byron’s motorcycle, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephanie Guerra. Byron collided with the drivers side of the Civic and sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg, hip injury, lacerations, and was transported to Palomar Medical Center
Applicable California law
Officer Byron will have personal injury claims as a result of the Civic driver’s violation of California vehicle code 21801 requiring the driver of a vehicle to yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, which are close enough to constitute a hazard. This would include medical expenses, lost earnings and earning capacity as well as compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, if Byron is precluded from working for an extended period of time, he could be eligible for disability benefits through his work, and or the state. Although he was riding his police motorcycle, if he was not in the course and scope of his employment, he would not be eligible from workers compensation benefits.
An ordinary ride to work results in tragedy. Motorcycle accidents, and auto accidents can cause severe and life-long injuries. Finding out what your rights are is one of the many benefits of consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.