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1 killed, 1 injured in double motorcycle crash

One person was killed and one person was injured in a double motorcycle accident in Texas that occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on Interstate 45 on Jan. 19. The two people who were riding the motorcycles were brothers, police said.

A witness stated that a motorist was traveling on Interstate 45. They merged into the HOV lane before realizing that the lane was closed. They then swerved back into the feeder lane into the path of two motorcycles. The two cycles were able to avoid the accident by swerving into the closed HOV lane.

However, the motorcycle that was out in front crashed through a barricade that had been set up near the closed HOV lane. The brother who was driving behind the first motorcyclist was unable to stop in time and accidentally ran the man over. The witness stated they ran over to the motorcyclist that had been struck but discovered that the man was unconscious and was not breathing.

That man reportedly died at the scene. The other man was transported to a nearby hospital by air. While few details regarding the incident was released, the report stated that both men were wearing protective helmets.

Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, motorists may fail to see them when making a lane change or turning left across the lanes of oncoming traffic. However, motorists have the responsibility to make sure that they are not driving into the path of a motorcycle. If an accident does occur, however, and the motorcyclist does not survive the crash, the surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim to pursue compensation for the loss of their loved one.

Source: KTRK-TV, "One brother killed, another hospitalized after double motorcycle crash on North Freeway at FM 1960", Simon Gutierrez , January 19, 2014

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