A Norfolk, Virginia (VA), motorcycle police officer sustained serious injuries in a crash on Granby Street on March 8, 2012. The officer was struck near the intersection of 18th Street, and he was transported to a hospital for treatment.

No details regarding how or why the crash was caused were released, and no charges have been brought against the driver responsible for the wreck.

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Being involved in an accident is always scary, but it is especially troubling when a person in good health suddenly suffers injuries from a car crash. I wish the officer a speedy recovery.

We all know that police routinely put their lives on the line to protect and serve the public. But what many don’t realize is that police officers are far more likely to be injured or killed in a car accident while on the job than in a shoot out with criminals. Measures are taken by the internal training staff to improve road safety among police officers, but there is only so much you can do to protect yourself from other drivers.

As a VA car accident attorney, I’ve seen wrecks like this one destroy lives. Though no one was killed in this incident, thankfully, the elements were there for the crash to turn deadly. Motorcycles are no match for cars size-wise, and no amount of defensive driving can protect the average motorcyclist from serious harm in a collision with a car or SUV.