A hit-and-run collision in Long Beach left a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer injured. The Press Telegram reports that the injury collision occurred at the corner of Marina Drive and Second Street, when a Ford Explorer rear-ended the officer and then fled the scene of the crash. Officials have identified the vehicle as a green Ford Explorer SUV. If you witnessed the incident or have information about the suspect or vehicle, please call police at 562-435-6711.
It is indeed fortunate that the female police officer did not sustain life-threatening injuries. I hope she recovers quickly and fully from her injuries. She will be in my prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these car accidents involved injuries. There were 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run collisions statewide.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the driver of the Explorer may be at fault for rear-ending the officer. Whatever the cause — distraction, impairment, lack of proper judgment or recklessness — the driver was required to remain at the scene of the crash.
In such cases, it would be in the best interest of injured victims to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the victim’s legal rights and best interests are protected.
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