Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Fort Hood Officials Report Soldier Has Died in Killeen Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on May 20, 2013 - Comments off

A Fort Hood soldier died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Killeen, Texas, on May 12.  Courtesy of the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, the 1st Lieutenant was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center.  The deceased Army soldier had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and his home of record is Waldorf, Maryland.

According to a preliminary investigation, the Fort Hood soldier was riding a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle in Killeen on Robinett Road.  Officers say the soldier’s motorcycle struck a curb, crashing into a drainage ditch.  The bike had just passed through an intersection at Robinett and Edgefield.  A witness to the motorcycle accident called 911 just prior to 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning to report the accident.  Officers say the motorcyclist was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.

The crash victim had deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from May through November of 2011.  He joined the military in August 2010 and had been assigned to his unit since April 2011.  His awards include the following:

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge
  • Global War on Expeditionary Medal Army Service Ribbon

Austin veteran motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm has become the attorney whom families turn to when they have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident.  Helmet use cannot always prevent loss of life in a motorcycle crash.  Our law firm handles motorcycle accident cases.  We understand that nothing can bring a loved one back, but we will work to help your family recover the compensation you are entitled to if the motorcycle accident was the fault of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, poorly designed or maintained roads, or defective motorcycle parts.  Please call us at (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Involving Two Fort Hood Soldiers Leaves One Dead

By King Law Firm on May 13, 2013 - Comments off

A Fort Hood soldier died in a motorcycle accident on May 4.  As reported by The Killeen Daily Herald, the two-motorcycle crash left one Fort Hood soldier dead.  The accident occurred near the small town of Holland in eastern Bell County.  A fellow soldier on a second motorcycle involved in the collision remained in the hospital at the time of the report.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon when one man, age 20 and a resident of Killeen, on one motorcycle and a woman, age 24 and also a Killeen resident, on another bike collided with one another.

DPS Trooper Harpin Meyers told reporters both soldiers were riding their separate 2001 Suzuki motorcycles on Saturday afternoon when they were traveling eastbound, hit a curb, drifted into the westbound lane, and collided with one another.  They were traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 2268 in the west city limits of Holland at the time of the collision.

The male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  The woman was taken to Scott and White Hospital in Temple where she remained in stable condition with broken bones.

Helmets were being worn by both motorcyclists at the time of the crash.

Texas fatal motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm realizes that helmet use cannot always prevent loss of life if you become involved in a motorcycle accident.  In times of tragedy, Ray King has become the attorney families turn to for help and understands that no amount of monetary compensation can bring back a loved one.  If a loved one has lost his or her life in a motorcycle accident that was caused by poorly designed roads, defective motorcycle parts or tires, or another’s negligence, Ray King can help your family recover the compensation you deserve.  Please call us at (512) 637-1000 for a free consultation.

Texas Detention Officer Dies in Motorcycle Crash

By King Law Firm on May 7, 2013 - Comments off

A Harris County detention officer has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in which another vehicle was involved.  As reported by KHOU 11 News, investigators stated the man was riding his motorcycle westbound on FM 2920 when the driver of an SUV pulled out of a Kroger parking lot and into the path of his motorcycle.  The force of the impact was so severe that the off-duty officer was thrown from his bike, crossed the center lane, and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Witnesses to the crash were horrified.  One emphasized the importance of defensive driving these days because people “drive like idiots.”  The officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital via Life Flight Helicopter where he remained conscious for a brief time, but physicians could not save him due to the severity of his injuries.  According to the preliminary investigation done by Precinct Four, the off-duty detention officer was wearing his helmet.  His damaged helmet was located at the scene of the crash.

The victim had moved to Texas with his family, his wife and young daughter, to accept a position with Harris County as a detention officer in the summer of 2012.  The victim was a native of Monroe, Louisiana where he graduated high school from Monroe Area High.

Texas fatal motorcycle accident attorney Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm knows that, sadly, helmets cannot always prevent loss of life.  Ray King is humbled in knowing that his law firm is the one family members of motorcyclists who have lost loved ones in crashes turn to in times of tragedy.  Our law firm handles only motorcycle accidents.  If a negligent motorist has caused the death of a loved one, call us at (512) 637-1000.  There are never any up-front fees.  Nothing can undo the pain of losing someone you love, but we can help your family recover the monetary compensation you deserve.

Killeen Motorcyclist Loses His Life in Tragic Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on April 23, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of kcentv.com, a tragic motorcycle accident in Killeen has resulted in the death of a Fort Hood soldier.  According to a Killeen Police Department spokesman, the man was traveling north on Bridgewood Drive.  He lost control of his bike and ended up crashing into a pickup truck that was parked.  The accident occurred near Golden Gate Drive.

The Killeen Police Department spokesman told reporters that the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve properly and went down.  Speed is thought to have been involved in the accident although at this point the accident investigation is preliminary. The driver was pronounced dead at Scott & White Medical Center shortly before 8:00 a.m. on April 15.  In April of 2010, the motorcycle driver had entered the military as a combat engineer.  Since August of 2012, he had been assigned to the 36th Engineer Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company at Fort Hood.

For one year, February, 2011, to February, 2012, the motorcyclist was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Among several awards earned, he had received a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

In accidents such as this, vehicle defects and problems with the road may lead to a biker losing control of his or her vehicle. Often, this loss of control can lead to a serious or fatal crash that he or she cannot prevent.

Austin Texas motorcycle accident attorney Ray King had his life changed forever when he saw a friend who was injured in a motorcycle accident being mistreated by an insurance company that was prejudiced against bikers.  Since that time, his legal practice has been dedicated solely to helping motorcyclists or families of motorcyclists receive the compensation they deserve if the accident was the fault of road conditions, faulty equipment, or a careless motorist.  Call (512) 637-1000 for a free case evaluation from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Texas Department of Public Safety — Abilene Man Dies in Two-Motorcycle Collision

By King Law Firm on April 5, 2013 - Comments off

After being run over by another motorcycle rider, an Abilene motorcyclist is dead.  That is according to a statement released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as reported by reporternews.com.

Texas motorcycle attorney Ray King wants you to know that if you have been harmed or if a loved one has died in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of another, you have the right to recover compensation.

According to further information obtained from DPS investigating officer, Corporal Tim Pitts, the deceased, Gregory Glenn Wilson, age 54, was on Farm-to-Market 207, headed south when for an unknown reason he failed to make a curve.  The accident occurred on March 16.  After failing to negotiate the curve, Wilson’s Harley Davidson veered off the road and overturned.

Another motorcycle rider, Ryan Stotts, age 30, also from Abilene, was also going south on Farm-to-Market 207 when he too could not negotiate the curve.  According to the DPS statement, the Harley Davidson ridden by Stotts, after losing control ran over top of Wilson and his bike.  Wilson was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m.

According to the DPS investigating officer, the surface of the road was dry at the time the accident occurred, and the weather was sunny.  The cause of the tragic crash is as yet unknown.  The investigation is continuing.  According to investigating officer Pitts, neither motorcyclist was wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

Texas motorcycle accident attorney Ray King’s life forever changed after seeing a friend become injured in a motorcycle accident only to be mistreated by an insurance company that was prejudiced against bikers.  His entire practice is dedicated to helping motorcyclists recover the compensation they deserve after being injured due to another’s carelessness or negligence.  Call (512) 637-1000 to learn how a motorcycle attorney can help you.

Fort Hood Soldier Dies in Killeen Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on April 3, 2013 - Comments off

Another Fort Hood soldier has lost his life in a motorcycle accident involving a member of the U.S. Army stationed there.  As reported by NBC KRIS TV 6, Sergeant 1st Class Ryan Kurth was taking a curve when he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the bike.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm wants motorcyclists to be informed of accidents and to encourage our military to stay aware of the possibility of a motorcycle accident.  If you become involved in a motorcycle accident and suffer injuries as the result of the negligence of another, he will fight for your fair compensation, just as you have volunteered to fight for our country.

Kurth was originally from Corpus Christi, Texas.  According to the victim’s friends there, he graduated from Flour Bluff High School in 2004.  He had always wanted to be in the military so he joined the Army that same year.  He was only 26 years old at the time the motorcycle accident occurred.  He was married to his sweetheart from high school and was about to become a father.

Sergeant Kurth was an accomplished military veteran, having served two tours of duty in Iraq.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson, it is not known why the soldier lost control of his bike.  According to the DPS report, he was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.  He died at the scene.

Austin Motorcycle attorney Ray King at the King Law Firm knows all who ride bikes are susceptible to becoming injured in a motorcycle accident.  He encourages our military to be safe out there.  Motor vehicle drivers are not always aware of bikes at intersections and in blind spots.  Make yourself visible and wear protective gear.  If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the carelessness of another, call (512) 637-1000 to talk it over in a free consultation.

Air Force Academy Graduate Killed in Motorcycle Accident

By King Law Firm on March 28, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of the 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs office, and  reported by the official web site of the U.S. Air Force, www.af.mil, an Air Force Academy graduate lost his life on March 15, 2013, in a motorcycle accident.  Second Lieutenant Jason Black was killed in a motorcycle accident near Del Rio, Texas.  Second Lieutenant Black was a native of Los Angeles, California, and was assigned at Laughlin Air Force Base to the 47th Student Squadron.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. northwest of Del Rio on U.S. Highway 90 West and Spur 349 in Val Verde County, Texas.  Second Lieutenant Black had graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2012.

Colonel Tom Murphy, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing, said that Laughlin Air Force Base experienced a tragic loss of life.  He instructed his men to continue to take care of each other and themselves as they thought about this awful tragedy — the loss of a bright young man with his life and entire Air Force career ahead of him.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is currently conducting an investigation into the accident, but what is known at this time is that Second Lieutenant Black was wearing personal protective equipment, including a helmet.  Such equipment is required to be worn by Air Force personnel when they ride motorcycles.

According to Air Force Chief of Safety, Major General Gregory A. Feest, although airmen take necessary precautions when riding their motorcycles, each year airmen are lost to motorcycle accidents.  Every fatality has an impact on the community, on the deceased airman’s unit and on the Air Force Family.

Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm knows that no matter how protected riders are, they are still vulnerable to tragic motorcycle accidents like this one.  If you ever suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence, call the King Law Firm at (512) 514-6633 for a free discussion about the details of your case.

Veterans Deaths Surge after Service

By King Law Firm on February 27, 2013 - Comments off

The residents of Austin, Texas have grown accustomed to sad new from Killeen and Fort Hood. Soldiers returning from their tours of duty physically unharmed have been harmed in other psychological ways. Soldiers exhibit risky behavior, doing things they would never have done otherwise. Soldiers have committed suicide. They have died in motor vehicle accidents. They have crashed their motorcycles, died in shootings, and even been struck by trains while taking chances trying to beat them to crossing gates.

As reported in The New York Times, the high rate of suicides remains a major issue for the military. But Iraq and Afghanistan veterans not only die in large numbers from suicide, but from motorcycle crashes, motor vehicle accidents, drug overdoses, shootings, train accidents, etc. In California 35 veterans died after their deployments in a three-year period between 2005 and 2008. That number is three times higher than the number of soldiers from California who died in Afghanistan and Iraq over that same period of time.

Veterans are returning home only to engage in risky, destructive, and unfortunately, too often deadly behaviors. Psychologists say risky behavior is one of the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In an incident close to home, a Fort Hood soldier who had deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in support of Operation New Dawn was racing his motorcycle on Stan Schlueter with another motorcyclist. The other motorcyclist stopped when police arrived, but he continued at a high rate of speed. His motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side of a Pontiac Grand Prix, and he was thrown from his bike landing on the other side of the car. The Fort Hood soldier was pronounced dead on the scene.

As a veteran, what you are going through after your experiences is unimaginable, but your actions now can have additional life-altering effects. Your safety on a motorcycle, however, is not always within your control.

Motorcycle accident lawyer Ray King understands that nothing can return your life to normal after an injury-causing motorcycle accident. But at the Ray King law firm we have been helping those injured receive the compensation they deserve if their crash was due to another’s negligence. Call (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation regarding your case.

Fort Hood Soldiers Die in Motorcycle Crashes, Vehicle Collisions, and Train Accidents in 2012

By King Law Firm on February 25, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by statesman.com, more Fort Hood soldiers died in motorcycle crashes, vehicle crashes, train accidents and shootings than by suicide in 2012. There were a total of 19 suicides that year.

Motor vehicle crashes, especially motorcycle crashes have been an ongoing problem throughout the military. The number of motor vehicle crashes among Texas veterans continues to be extremely high. Eight Fort Hood soldiers died in motorcycle crashes in 2012.

Soldiers who have returned from recent deployment are required to complete a refresher course in motorcycle safety, but that has not lessened the amount of risky behavior when it comes to riding motorcycles, especially. One of those motorcyclists who lost his life in 2012 was a soldier who was doing wheelies in front of a Fort Hood-area restaurant only to lose control of the bike. According to safety memos issued by the base, another Fort Hood soldier died shortly after being a participant in motorcycle races on Killeen Avenue. The soldier died during a police chase.

Risky behavior among Fort Hood soldiers was also apparent in two train-related incidents near Fort Hood. One soldier died while attempting to drive through lowered crossing gates and was struck by the approaching train. Another died while lying across the tracks in Copperas Cove. No one knows why the soldier was lying on the tracks. The train engineer reported seeing a “body” on the tracks, being unable to stop the train, and running over the Fort Hood Soldier.

Several deaths of Fort Hood soldiers in 2012 go unexplained. Although the deaths were not ruled suicide or caused by drug overdoses, Fort Hood officials were not able to determine causes of death.

While riding behavior is a factor in motorcycle safety, Killeen motorcycle accident attorney Ray King understands that motorcycle crashes are often not the fault of the motorcycle operator.

Have you or has someone you loved been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident that was caused by another’s negligence? Contact us by calling (512) 514-6633 for a free initial consultation.

Fatal Austin Motorcycle Crash Leads to City’s Seventh Traffic Fatality in 2013

By King Law Firm on January 24, 2013 - Comments off

The city of Austin’s seventh traffic fatality and the sixth deadly crash happened on January 19. According to the Austin Police Department, City of Austin press release dated January 22, titled “Fatality Crash #6,” the department’s preliminary investigation revealed that a 42-year-old man died when his motorcycle struck a light pole.

As reported by Statesman.com, an official from the Austin Police Department said the man who died in the crash was riding south in the 12500 block of Lamplight Village Avenue at 5:08 p.m. when, after losing control of his motorcycle near Parmer Lane, crashed into the light pole. The driver of a 1999 black and yellow Suzuki GSX R600 motorcycle veered right, left the street, drove on a grass sidewalk, and entered the 2100 block of Brandywine Lane where he crashed.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Although the fatal motorcycle crash in Austin is still under investigation, witnesses riding their own motorcycles along with the victim said that he had been allegedly drinking. A helmet was in use.

The death marks the seventh Austin traffic fatality in 2013 so far. On this same date in 2012, only three people had died in Austin crashes.

The Austin Police Department is asking anyone who may have further information regarding the crash to call their Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-8164.

If someone you love has been injured or died in a motorcycle accident, please contact the King Law Firm at (512) 514-6633 to obtain information about pursuing your legal rights. Ray King is a member of the American Motorcycle Association and an experienced motorcyclist. He will review your case and work to find you the compensation you deserve.

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