December 10, 2014

A sheriff's deputy in Los Angeles was injured early on Wednesday on Topanga Canyon Road.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the incident, involving only a single vehicle, occurred at about the 1500 block of N. Topanga Canyon.

The victim has been identified as Deputy Timothy White.

Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez stated that “Deputy White was riding a department motorcycle when he struck a patch of gravel on the roadway and subsequently collided into the hillside.”

The officer is said to have been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

We've all learned at some point or another that on motorcycles, traction is everything. Unlike a car, even the most brief loss of traction can result in a bike going down, with the rider given little opportunity to correct.

In this case it's likely that the patch of gravel was found on a corner the officer had maneuvered day in and day out, spilled from a truck or washed into the streets from rains. It's these unpredictable variables that can spell true danger for riders.

The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish a speedy recovery to the downed rider, and urge all of our readers to stay safe and look out for yourselves on these streets.