Police officers in California and across the country place their lives at risk every single day that they work. However, most feel that the risk comes from work-related tasks, not from motorcycle accidents that occur while driving to work. Unfortunately, a California Highway Patrol officer recently lost his life in a crash that occurred while he was on his way to work.
The incident happened just before 6 a.m. on a day in September. According to reports, the 44-year-old officer was headed to work when the crash occurred. He was reportedly headed southbound when the driver of a northbound pickup truck turned abruptly into his path.
Unfortunately, the motorcycle struck the front of the pickup truck. Reports indicate that the motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash. It is unclear what may have caused the truck driver to allegedly steer into the officer's path or whether criminal charges are expected to be filed. However, the incident likely remains under investigation.
While police work to understand all elements of the fatal crash, the man's family is left planning a funeral. Unfortunately, many families struggle financially following the unexpected death of a loved one. Funeral expenses in combination with lost wages are often a burden that leave families in a precarious situation. As a result, victims of motorcycle accidents -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality -- have options that could ultimately lead to monetary compensation if successful. An attorney with experience with such cases in California can help these victims pursue the most appropriate plan of action.
Source: sfgate.com, "CHP officer killed in wreck on way to work in San Martin", Evan Sernoffsky, Sept. 19, 2017