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Community mourns loss of on-duty cop killed in motorcycle crash

Motorcycles accidents can result in catastrophic consequences for which victims may wish to seek compensation to help them recover. The same can be said for Huntington families who have lost a loved one under such circumstances.

In a state that shares a border with West Virginia, a police officer was recently killed while on duty in a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when a minivan turned left into a shopping center and the officer, who was on his motorcycle, struck the minivan. The details of the accident are still under investigation.

According to reports, the officer was in route to another accident when he collided with the minivan. He was a 7-year veteran of the police force.

Personal injury lawsuits may be available to motorcycle accident victims and wrongful death actions may be available to surviving family members of loved ones killed in a fatal motorcycle crash. In order to be held liable for injuries, the responsible party must have demonstrated a violation of his or her duty to drive with reasonable care and caution. In the case of a wrongful death action, the immediate family members of the deceased bring an action based on the same theory of liability.

It's not uncommon for there to be liability concerns in accidents involving a driver who is taking a left-hand turn. If the driver who is turning does not adhere to relevant traffic laws or fails to yield to oncoming traffic, then they could be considered negligent. However, police have not yet reached any conclusions from their accident investigation, so all those impacted may wish to stay tuned to determine their legal rights and responsibilities.

Not all personal injury actions go to trial and are settled out of court instead. During settlement process, the agreed-upon amount of damages will be paid to the victim or the victim's family, who will then agree not to pursue any additional legal action.

Source: WVVA News, "Prince William officer killed in motorcycle crash," Dec. 31, 2012

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