Motorcycle police trade the protection offered by a patrol car for the increased maneuverability of a motorcycle. Like all other motorcyclists, they are more vulnerable in accidents. A Thornton, Colorado, motorcycle officer suffered from the lack of protection his motorcycle offered in an accident last week with a possible drunk driver.
The officer was attempting to a make a traffic stop on I-25, according to the Colorado State Patrol. He had turned his lights on and was attempting to pull a vehicle over when a vehicle smashed into him from behind.
The accident caused him injuries serious enough to require airlifting to Denver Health Medical Center.
Authorities arrested the 19-year-old man who hit the officer on charges of vehicular assault, and the State Patrol says alcohol may have played a role.
Motorcycle riders, be they police officers or regular citizens, are extremely vulnerable while riding their bikes. A motorcycle accident is dangerous, and both riders and drivers are responsible for doing their best to ensure accidents do not occur.
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