Motorcycle crashes can be horrific and often end in lifelong disability. But I’m happy to report that Todd Overzet, CHP, was able to heal from his serious personal injuries he received in a motorcycle accident and return to his job one year after his horrific crash in Petaluma.
According to the CHP, Officer Todd Overzet, who has been with the CHP for 20 years, suffered multiple and severe injuries, including a torn aorta, fractured right forearm and bruising to his internal organs, all in a motorcycle collision on May 12, 2010, near the intersection of Lakeville Highway and Frates Road in Petaluma. He had been responding to another crash when he collided with a car which was making an illegal and dangerous U-turn on the highway.
Every day distracted, careless car and truck drivers engage in dangerous driving behavior that injures and kills motorcyclists. And after negligent drivers have caused accidents and injuries, including lacerations, brain injuries and broken bones, we hear the same story-“I didn’t see him“-or some other variation that tries to put the blame on the biker. CHP motorcycle officers have a challenging job in that they are placing themselves in harm’s way, not just from criminals, but also from nelgigent drivers.
As a San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Attorney and biker myself, I often have to ride through a gauntlet of drivers on cell phones, trucks accelerating through intersections, and vehicles swerving into our lane. Be careful out there, and stay safe. If someone does injure you or someone you care about, please feel free to call me at 415-951-6235 to discuss your options free of charge.