A Los Angeles Police Department officer was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a hit-and-run driver.
According to a Los Angeles Times news report, the injury collision occurred on the night of July 28 on the southbound 110 at the 105 Freeway. California Highway Patrol officials said the officer was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. Authorities are looking for a white 2014 or 2015 BMW convertible sedan with a male driver and passenger believed to have been involved in the crash.
CHP officials were not able to confirm how many vehicles were involved. The crash is still under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured LAPD officer. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other drivers in traffic collisions. When motorcycles crash, riders and passengers lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. So, they are more likely to be injured or killed. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per mile traveled in 2019, motorcycle accident deaths were nearly 29 times the number involving cars.
Serious head injuries are common among fatally injured motorcyclists. Some other common injuries include lacerations, amputations, road rash, spinal trauma, broken bones, internal organ damage, etc.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the sedan struck the motorcycle officer and left the scene. Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony crime under California law. Motorists are required to remain at the scene and render aid to the injured victim.
In such cases, the injured victims must retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles hit-and-run lawyer who can help stay on top of the official investigation and make sure they receive fair and full compensation for their losses. A knowledgeable lawyer will also inform victims and their families about how their workers’ compensation insurance and their auto insurance policy might help provide compensation in cases where the at-fault driver is never found or where that driver is uninsured or underinsured.