On the TV show "Hill Street Blues" one of the main characters offered up a line that proved to have great staying power. It was the unit sergeant who, as a shift was about to begin, said, "Let's be careful out there."
It would be nice to think that the badge and uniform would provide some measure of special protection to the officers who wear them in Cincinnati and elsewhere. The reality is that when it comes to the vast majority of risks that exist in the world around us, police officers are no more protected than the rest of us. If a motorcycle cop on duty gets into a crash, that officer is as likely as any motorcyclist to be hurt and suffer serious or catastrophic injury.
This comes to mind because of an accident on a recent Friday morning in downtown Cincinnati. Reports about the incident say that a city motorcycle officer was sitting at a stop light in the inside lane. In the outside lane next to him was an SUV. When the light turned green, the police officer began to accelerate to go straight, but officers say the SUV turned right from the outside lane and collided with the motorcycle.
The officer was rushed to University Hospital where his condition wasn't released. Investigators do say he wasn't seriously injured.
The SUV driver stopped and has reportedly been cooperative in the investigation. No charges are known to have been filed at the time this is written.
It's good to know that the officer in this instance wasn't seriously hurt. We don't know the extent of his injuries, however, or how long he is likely to be laid up as a result of his run-in with the SUV.
Anyone hurt in an accident should know that they do have rights to recover damages. Motorcyclists are no different. Still, insurance companies may be reticent to make good on the full benefits and compensation they are responsible for. With the help of experienced legal representation, motorcycle accident victims in Cincinnati can be sure their rights are being stood up for.
Source: WKRC-TV, "Cincinnati Motorcycle Cop Struck By SUV," Oct. 5, 2012