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Colorado Police Officer Dies After Motorcycle Accident

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A police officer in Aurora was recently killed in a tragic motorcycle accident.

Mikaela Lakin died after her motorcycle was struck in East Aurora, near Tallyn’s Reach Library, according to 9News. The 25-year-old police officer was off duty at the time of the crash.

Investigators are still looking into the accident, 9News reports. They said alcohol and speed were not factors in the collision.

Lakin was entering an intersection when her bike was struck by a Honda Pilot coming in the opposite direction and making a left turn. The Pilot’s driver failed to yield to the motorcycle’s right of way, according to 9News.

The Pilot driver remained at the scene of the crash and was treated for minor injuries.

Legal Rights in Fatal Car Accidents

Lakin’s untimely death is yet another reminder of the risk that comes any time that you get on a motorcycle or behind the wheel of a car.

When a tragic accident happens, the family of a person who dies has the right to compensation from those responsible. Although no amount of money will go back in time and stop the collision from happening, money damages can help ease some of the financial stress that can come with losing a loved one. 

Wrongful death is a legal claim in which the survivors of a person killed in an accident seek to hold those responsible for the accident liable. The money damages involved in these cases include compensation for loss of income, burial expenses, and other impacts of the person’s death. Additional compensation may also be available for pain, suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of a spouse’s companionship. 

To get that compensation, you need to be able to prove negligence by the driver responsible for the crash. Colorado law imposes a “duty of care” on drivers, which requires them to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. A driver that does not live up to this responsibility is likely to be found negligent and liable for any accidents that occur as a result.

In Colorado, an experienced Denver accident attorney at Levine Law can help you understand your rights and explore your legal options. A lawyer will investigate the crash to identify the responsible parties, gather evidence to support legal claims, and make the strongest possible case for money damages. 

Speak with a Denver Accident Attorney Today

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle or car accident in Colorado, it is vital that you seek the assistance of an experienced Denver accident attorney.

At Levine Law, our accident lawyers combine decades of experience helping people injured in car and other accidents get the money they deserve. We are committed to guiding clients through the legal process with experience and personalized attention.

We are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver personal injury attorney.