Motorcycle Accident Police Report Attorney Orange County
Many motorcycle accident victims believe that police officers are not biased in the investigation of accidents. Nothing could be further than the truth. Many officers prepare a neutral report, but when it comes to bicycle and motorcycle accidents, we find more motive and bias against such riders than the typical auto accident case. Plenty of cases have been complicated by a biased officer’s report of a motorcycle accident.
Police investigators, like anyone, have their own preconceived ideas of how an accident occurred or the fault of a rider. Some are jaded because of their investigations. Others may have a dislike for certain types of motorcycles. An officer may feel that certain types of motorcycles are wrong for the road, as too powerful and therefore try to find fault with the rider. An officer may equate certain personality types to the type of motorcycle involved. Not all Harley riders were part of a motorcycle group in their youth, nor do all “Rice Rocket” riders speed every time they are on the bike. These preconceived ideas, however small, can interfere with accurate reporting and investigation of a motorcycle accident.
Police officers will assess liability to someone going any faster than the speed limit, even if speed was not an important factor is assessing how the accident occurred. Motorcycle riders face more prejudice in this respect than the typical motorist. Officers will sometimes give credence to a layperson’s speed estimates of a motorcycle, which can be notoriously inaccurate. Without any calculations of speed or reaction time analysis, these officers will assess liability against a rider for excessive speed as a secondary cause. In reality, in most incidents, no rider could have avoided the accident.