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Los Angeles officer injured in hit-and-run motorcycle accident

A Los Angeles motorcycle officer was injured earlier this month in a hit-and-run accident that threw him from his motorcycle into the roadway. He was headed to his second job at the Hollywood Bowl (where he directs traffic) when a dark colored car side-swiped his motorcycle and sent him flying toward the center divider. The vehicle that struck him did not remain on the scene of the motorcycle accident.

When the police officer found himself near the center divider, he says he was afraid he would be struck by another vehicle. This was fortunately not the case, though the officer suffered significant injury to one leg and complaint of injury throughout his lower half. He was treated for his injuries at a hospital following the crash, and hopefully will see a full recovery.

It is possible the officer could face time that he is unable to work, considering a leg injury might hinder one's ability to operate a motorcycle and maintain other physical needs of his duties as a police officer. Being out of work due to an injury can be a heavy financial burden for some, adding even more complications when medical bills are a factor. Seeking personal injury compensation can assist in covering these potential costs until a victim can fully return to work, so long as the at-fault party can be identified and the negligence alleged can be proved in a court of law.

In the case of a hit and run, such as in this Los Angeles motorcycle accident, a lot can rely on tracking down the fleeing driver. Authorities have said they are looking for a male and female in their 20s, indicating that they were traveling in a 2005-2006 Mustang. Once apprehended, the driver may face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident. The seriously injured police officer also retains the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against any party whose negligence is said to have caused or contributed to his injuries.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "LAPD Motorcycle Officer Hurt In Hit-And-Run Identified," Aug 5, 2012

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