Usually, when you hear the phrase, watch out for cops, you assume your biggest concern is a speeding ticket, a frivolous citation for loud pipes, or God forbid, a DUI. Well it seems the California Highway Patrol have upped the ante, and changed the meaning of the phrase altogether.
How? you ask. Last Tuesday evening, a 37 year-old Adelanto woman was riding her motorcycle on Highway 396, merging onto southbound I-15 in Hesperia (San Bernardino County), CA, when she was hit by a CHP officer. “He was attempting to pull over a big rig when he moved to the right and the right side of his unit struck the left side of her motorcycle,” a spokesperson from the CHP said. “He just didn’t see her.”
Fortunately, the woman suffered only minor injuries, and no emergency medical treatment was needed. And it's a safe bet that the CHP officer didn't receive a citation for an unsafe lane change.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time I've seen this as motorcycle accident lawyer. In the Bay Area, two years ago, I handled a case where a local cop caused a multi-vehicle collision by making a u-turn on the 101 to pursue a car driving the wrong way on the freeway. A year before that, I assisted on a case involving a cop who turned left at an intersection in front of an oncoming biker. Both caused serious injuries.
Remember — idiot drivers are everywhere. Stay alert, and ride safe!