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California motorcycle accident takes the life of off-duty officer

Police officers accept a certain amount of risk every time they put on their uniforms. Among these risks is the possibility of motor vehicle accidents since patrol officers spend a good deal of their shifts on California's roads. However, once they remove their uniforms, they expect their risk of injury or death in a car or motorcycle accident to be no more than that of anyone else.

An off-duty police officer was riding his motorcycle in the westbound carpool lane of California's 91 Freeway. Another vehicle was attempting to move into the same lane, and it appeared legal for the vehicle to do so in that particular area. However, for reasons still not known, the vehicle hit the motorcycle.

The officer was thrown off his bike and over the barrier between the east- and westbound lanes. His body landed in the path of an eastbound vehicle. The 30-year-old man suffered severe injuries to which he succumbed at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and is asking for anyone who might have seen what happened to contact them. In the meantime, the officer's wife and children are forced to grieve and come to terms with their loss.

The fallen officer's wife could potentially exercise her right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for his death. If the victim's widow successfully proves negligence, the court may award her damages. Monetary compensation could help the woman and her family through the financial losses incurred as a result of the loss of her husband in this tragic motorcycle accident.

Source: abc7.com, "Off-duty police officer killed in crash on 91 Freeway in Corona", Miriam Hernandez, May 1, 2014

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