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Off-duty Los Angeles police officer injured in motorcycle accident

Several cars in Los Angeles and across the country bear the yellow bumper sticker that demands drivers to, "Start seeing motorcyclists." The push for awareness is for good reason. Negligent drivers are often inattentive as they carelessly change lanes. This can result in devastating consequences, particularly for motorcyclists.

Recently, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer was the victim of a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Santa Clarita, California. According to reports, the off-duty officer was side-swiped by what witnesses recount as a 2005 or 2006 darkly colored Mustang driven by a couple appearing to be in their 20s.

The impact sent the off-duty officer near the divide of the 5 Freeway at Lyons Avenue, putting him in great danger of being stuck by a second vehicle. Luckily, responders arrived before further harm befell the victim.

The majority of the impact injured the victim's legs, particularly the left. Due to the nature of the victim's work, he knows first-hand the consequences that can result from negligent parties. Accordingly, he feels lucky things were not worse. However, as it stands, he reported, "There is still a lot of pain to my knee."

Whether or not the victim's injuries require costly and painful surgery is not yet known. When the perpetrators of this crime are found, not only will they likely be facing charges of fleeing the scene of an accident, but they could also be facing a personal injury claim as a means of being held liable for the damages and suffering inflicted upon the victim.

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

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