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Single Lone Star Rally fatality sparks wrongful death suit

As major community events go, the recent Lone Star Rally likely will go down in the books as one of the more successful and peaceful. According to an aftermath report in The Daily News, Galveston officials said things went well.

Police estimate that nearly 250,000 vehicles -- most of them motorcycles -- crossed the Galveston Causeway between Thursday and Monday of that busy weekend last month. And authorities say that despite the crowds, there were only eight arrests. Sadly, there was one fatality from a serious motor vehicle accident and one person remains hospitalized.

While the loss of life in an accident certainly casts a shadow over the festive atmosphere of such events, the real suffering of the people involved must not be overlooked. And that seems to have been the impetus behind legal action that is now underway as a result of this case.

The complaint, filed in Galveston County District Court, is being pursued on behalf of the unidentified minor child of the 35-year-old motorcyclist who died in the Nov. 5 accident. According to the documents, the man and his wife were riding their motorcycle on FM 3005 when a semitrailer truck attempting to make a U-turn pulled in front of them. Besides killing the motorcycle driver, the wife is said to still be in a coma.

The suit, filed by an apparent friend on behalf of the minor child, alleges negligence by the driver of the truck and his employer. The suit seeks more than $1 million in damages, interests and legal costs.

There is no way to make up for the loss of life, love and companionship caused by this kind of tragic situation, but by seeking the remedies available under the law, some fair measure of compensation may be realized for the victims' loved ones.

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