Earlier this week, a motorcycle cop with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) was injured in a crash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on I-220, near Watkins Drive. This one-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes sent the police officer to the hospital. Although very few details have been released, we do know that portions of I-220 were blocked as crews and first responders worked the scene. Apparently, the motorcycle officer was riding on uneven pavement at the time of the crash. Thankfully, he is expected to recover from his injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even police officers on motorcycles are at risk for injury-causing and fatal crashes. They simply don’t have the same protections and safety technology that traditional passenger vehicle occupants do. If a motorcyclist is even in a seemingly minor crash, he or she could suffer form catastrophic injuries, or worse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) push for increased roadway safety for motorcycles is all about awareness and respect for riders and all roadway users.
Share The Road
With distracted and impaired drivers on the road, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists are being put at risk every day. The NHTSA’s “Share The Road” campaign encourages motorists to lookout for motorcycle riders and other roadway users. It’s essential to note that safely sharing the road begins with putting down the smart phone. You can’t talk, text, or check Facebook and share the road. You’re either doing one or the other. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is the first step in sharing the road with riders, walkers, runners and drivers.
Motorcycle Accidents in Jackson
Even with protective equipment like helmets, gloves and body protectors, motorcycle riders can still get hurt. Motorcycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital. You could go days, weeks or months without a paycheck, all while expensive medical bills are piling up. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.