Caleb Collins Turlock: Caleb Collins Injured In Turlock Motorcycle Accident On Main Street By Tully Road
TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA (June 28, 2020) – A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy identified as Caleb Collins was injured in a motorcycle accident with a pickup truck on Main Street by Tully Road.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 7:00 a.m. on Thursday. For reasons that remain under investigation the driver of a pickup truck began making a left turn directly in front of Sheriff’s deputy Caleb Collins who was on a motorcycle.
The motorcycle officer was not able to avoid the collision and collided with the pickup truck. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Caleb Collins was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for his injuries. The 33-year-old driver of the pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Turlock Motorcycle Accidents
According to the CDC, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.” Even moderate amounts of alcohol can substantially impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely. Here are just a few of the common affects of alcohol when drivers have a BAC of 0.05%:
- Impaired judgement
- Reduced coordination
- Loss of eye control
- Reduced inhibitions
- Loss of motor control
It is illegal and dangerous to operate a motor vehicle while impaired. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Drivers that cause an accident while intoxicated may face criminal and civil liability.
When a police officer is injured in a car accident they will typically have legal recourse through the worker’s compensation system. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, “Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include damages for pain and suffering or punitive damages.” Depending on the facts of any case workers may also be able to seek justice through a third party liability claim.
If a drunk driver injured a police officer that driver could be held responsible through a bodily injury claim. Even if they do not have insurance victims may be able to seek damages through Prop 213. Damages in a civil claim can help cover:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with filing civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent loss of your rights.
Investigating A Turlock Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Sheriff’s deputy Caleb Collins. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability on the part of the driver that caused this accident.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.