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Motorcyclist killed when driver runs red light in Texas City

The swift and singular action of failing to stop at a red light can have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, that was the case recently for a motorcyclist who was killed in Texas City. The initial investigation determined that speed and running a red light were among the causes of this fatal crash, and it appears the family of the deceased rider may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

At around 7 a.m. on Sept. 10, the 46-year-old motorcyclist was driving his Harley-Davidson eastbound on FM 519. The light at the intersection of FM 519 and Highway 146 turned green, and the motorcyclist proceeded into the intersection. At the same time, a 32-year-old woman on her way to work in Galveston drove her Chevrolet Cavalier through the red light on Highway 146, hitting the motorcyclist.

The bike rider, who was reportedly not wearing a helmet, died of a severe head injury at the scene of the crash. He was married and the father of two children, so it is likely that his family will have to confront considerable financial difficulties along with the painful loss of their loved one. No charges had been filed at the time of a local report, but authorities in Galveston County were investigating.

Family members of fatal car accident victims should know that there are Texas laws designed to protect them. In particular, a wrongful death lawsuit can help survivors receive compensation for the loss of companionship as well as any income the deceased would have brought to the family.

Source: The Daily News: "Motorcyclist killed in collision with car," Chris Paschenko, Sept. 11, 2012

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