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Off-duty police officer dies in motorcycle accident

On Sept. 6, a Southern California police officer was killed in a traffic accident in Torrance, authorities reported. The police officer, an 18-month veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was not on duty at the time of the fatal crash. The officer had been driving a personal motorcycle, a Yamaha R6, south on Western Avenue when he collided with a Kia Optima at the 234th Street intersection, according to authorities.

The driver of the Kia, a 53-year-old woman, did not suffer any injuries in the collision, reportedly. A passenger in the car suffered minor injuries that were treated at the accident scene, authorities said.

It was not clear immediately following the incident whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. As per standard procedure, officials will administer tests to check if the off-duty officer had any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the incident, authorities stated. Five other LAPD officers have died in traffic-related incidents this year, according to authorities.

Following a fatal motorcycle accident, the family of the decedent may wish to retain the counsel and resources of a personal injury attorney. After reviewing the case, the attorney may advise the bereaved family whether a wrongful death lawsuit appears viable. If so, the attorney may help the family assemble the evidence and materials necessary to prove to a civil court that the at-fault party should be held liable for damages suffered by certain family members of the decedent as a result of the accident. If successful, claimants in a wrongful death suit may be awarded financial compensation for those damages. These may include funeral costs, expenses associated with the decedent's estate administration and lost earnings.

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

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