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Texas teen charged in motorcycle accident arrested again

Earlier this year, a retired police officer and his wife were riding a motorcycle when they were struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by an 18-year-old woman. The retired Houston officer was killed in the motorcycle accident while his wife, who is currently an officer, suffered injuries. The young woman police believe was responsible for the fatal crash was recently out of jail on bond when she was once again arrested. This time it was for drug paraphernalia possession.

It should be noted that there is no correlation between this arrest and the prior one. In addition, this arrest should not be construed to imply impairment was a factor in the fatal motorcycle accident. This does, however, naturally raise the general issue of the risks to motorcyclists when impaired drivers are on the roads in and around Houston. Though individuals who are in automobiles are also at risk when such drivers are on the road, for motorcyclists it can be substantially more dangerous.

Automobiles provide cages of metal, seat belts, airbags and other safety features to help protect the people inside them. For motorcyclists, there is little more than a helmet standing between them and a nasty impact. There are no metal cages, and there are no airbags. There is only the motorcyclist and the open road.

The law provides people who are injured in motorcycle accidents by impaired drivers with legal recourse. In addition to possible prosecution, damages can be sought through a civil claim to help cover the financial losses suffered by the accident victims. These losses can include hospital bills, medical treatment and lost wages. No victim of a negligent driver should have to suffer a financial burden on top of accident injuries.

Source: 

KBTX, “Teen Charged in Retired HPD Officer's Fatal Crash Arrested Again,” April 21, 2014

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