A young New Orleans police officer died while off duty and riding his personal motorcycle. He just moved because his girlfriend was transferred to the area for work.
The fatal motorcycle accident involved another vehicle. According to reports, the officer slammed in to the side of a car that had made a turn in front of his path. The car was attempting a left turn from an oncoming lane of traffic in to a private path.
Police who investigated the accident say that neither the officer nor the driver of the other car were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and they also noted that the officer was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. Still, the accident threw the young man from his motorcycle, and he suffered severe injuries as a result. He died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
While there will no doubt need to be additional investigation in to the cause of this accident, most drivers probably know almost by force of habit that a person turning left is supposed to yield to oncoming traffic before doing so. Moreover, because motorcycles are hard to see when someone is not paying full attention, accidents involving a car turning out in front of a motorcycle are relatively common.
The family of this officer no doubt has a long road ahead in the upcoming months. They will have to go through the process of grieving for their loved one who showed so much promise, and they also will likely have to deal with the financial and other fallout from his loss. With respect to the latter, they may have legal options available to them and should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney.