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Crash Claims Life of Southern California Police Officer

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

On Sept. 6, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer died in a motorcycle accident in Torrance, according to authorities. Reportedly, the 4:30 p.m. incident took place at the intersection of 234th Street and Western Avenue.

That is where the police officer's Yamaha motorcycle collided with a Kia Optima driven by a 53-year-old woman. Officials declared the officer, an 18-month veteran of the police department, dead at the scene of the crash.

It was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the event whether alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the accident. According to authorities, the 53-year-old Optima driver did not suffer any injuries. A passenger in the car received treatment at the accident scene for minor injuries, reportedly.

Car accidents causing injury or death may have many legal consequences. If an investigation yields substantial evidence that indicates that drunk or distracted driving was a contributing factor in the crash, then the at-fault driver may face not just criminal charges but also civil action. People who suffer monetary damages in connection with a crash caused by another party's negligence may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit.

For instance, deceased accident victims' families may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver whose actionable behavior contributed to a fatal accident. In large part, that is because the pecuniary losses that bereaved families suffer in association with the sudden loss of their loved one can be devastating. Not only do they have to cope with immense grief and emotional turmoil, but in many cases bereaved families must also deal with funeral bills, burial costs, the expenses related to the decedent's estate administration and perhaps even lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to the family while alive.

Source: CBS Los Angeles , "Off-Duty LAPD Officer Killed In Torrance Crash Is Identified", September 07, 2014