A U.S. Marine's family has filed a lawsuit for wrongful death against the city of Eagle Lake in Texas, after the veteran was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
On April 28, 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. James "J.P." Salinas was on the way to his job, operating his motorcycle on the FM 1013 near Eagle Lake, Texas, when he collided with an Eagle Lake Police Department patrol car being driver by Officer David Lee Weatherall.
According to the lawsuit, the Weatherall "inexplicably and without excuse attempted to make an illegal and ill-advised u-turn in front of Corporal Salinas."
Salinas was wearing his safety helmet, but nonetheless sustained serious injuries as the motorcycle struck the police vehicle. He died later that day in the hospital.
Salinas, a decorated veteran had only been home from his last tour of duty in Afghanistan for six months before the accident.
The family's attorney stated that the lawsuit would help the family to get some sense of closure. He stated:
"I think it's very important to the family that they validate Corporal Salinas' life through this wrongful death lawsuit, and what a tragic and unnecessary loss this was."
The lawsuit is reportedly seeking $500,000 in damages for the victim's family.
This is a tragic story to hear about, and as a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, and knowing about all of the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle, you have to think that a police vehicle slamming into you after making an illegal traffic move should not be an extra danger to have to worry about.
While I am sure that it was just that, an accident, we must all make sure to pay better attention to the motorcyclists around us on the roads, as they are often difficult to spot, especially in the blind spots of most vehicles.
Our Phoenix wrongful death law firm will keep you updated on this case as it unfolds.