LYNWOOD, CA (June 7, 2022) – A Whittier police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident while he was off duty in Lynwood according to Pasadena Star News.
The Whittier police officer killed in this tragic accident was Officer Lanell Whitfield, 25, whose death was announced by the Whittier Police Department on Facebook.
Officer Whitfield had been with the department since October 2021, and prior to that he had been with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The accident occurred around 3:32 p.m. on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Beechwood Avenue, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. When authorities arrived, Officer Whitfield was pronounced dead on the scene.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, and we will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
Officer Whitfield is survived by his parents.
Liability In Lynwood Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have a naturally small profile and are more likely to be overlooked by other drivers. Many collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes. According to California Vehicle Code 22107, “No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a motorcycle accident including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
The family of any victim that died in a motorcycle accident may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Lynwood Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Lanell Whitfield.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Lynwood motorcycle accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and support that they deserve. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.