The wife of a Hawthorne police officer killed while assisting a funeral procession has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the cities of El Segundo and Manhattan Beach. The $25 million negligence suit alleges that the negligent and reckless actions of the municipalities and police departments in organizing the funeral procession led to the death of Andrew Garton, a motorcycle officer with the Hawthorne Police Dept.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one as the result of a motorcycle accident or the wrongful or negligent conduct of another, it is important to speak to a Sacramento personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your case and determine your next steps.
Here, Garton collided with another motorcycle officer from El Segundo. The crash tossed Garton into oncoming traffic where he landed on another vehicle and was killed. Garton’s wife filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of herself and her young sons, alleging wrongful conduct on the part of El Segundo. Specifically, she alleges that El Segundo “negligently, carelessly and recklessly” controlled and monitored the motorcycle operated by the El Segundo officer who caused the crash. The complaint also alleged negligence in the hiring and training of the officer involved.
Additionally, in a claim filed against Manhattan Beach, Garton alleged that the city “negligently, carelessly and recklessly” planned, organized, coordinated and supervised” the funeral procession.
Often in the face of a tragedy involving a loved one, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable and compassionate Sacramento wrongful death lawyer who can provide you crucial advice and ensure your family’s future is taken care of. Many times, it may be possible to recover compensation for lost future earnings and loss of companionship that can put your mind at ease during this difficult time.
For more information or if you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a serious accident, contact the skilled Sacramento personal injury attorney at Sette Law Office.