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Glendale police officer injured in motorcycle accident

The city of Glendale is suing a driver that struck a police officer riding a motorcycle on a local freeway. The officer sustained a number of bodily injuries, and a lawsuit has been filed by the city of Glendale in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Little has yet been reported concerning this motorcycle accident. However, the city of Glendale is requesting that the driver be held liable for workers' compensation benefits expended, future disability benefits paid, medical expenses, property damages, and attorney fees.

Such lawsuits are not uncommon in the California area. Municipalities often seek reimbursement for funds expended whenever a city worker is injured due to the recklessness or carelessness of another individual.

The injuries that a motorcycle rider can suffer due to such an accident can be quite traumatic. Though motorcycle riders are usually equipped with a helmet and leather clothing, such riders have very little to protect themselves when it comes being struck by a motor vehicle weighing several thousand pounds. Motorcycle riders often face long term medical care and rehabilitation, and the rider may spend months unable to work.

The difficulties for attorneys working for the city will be to establish that negligence did occur, and that the negligence was responsible for the injuries that the police officer suffered. This will require investigation of the claim, possibly reconstructing how the accident occurred, making determinations of the speeds that both the motor vehicle and the motorcycle were traveling at the time of the accident, interviewing witnesses, and, if necessary, trying the accident case in a court of law.

Source: Glendale News-Press, "Glendale sues man over officer-involved crash," by Brittany Levine, September 14, 2012

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