Families across Dallas-Fort Worth took the time yesterday to remember the men and women who gave their lives in service of America. A great many friends, relatives and strangers have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and for that we are thankful. Unfortunately, this Memorial Day weekend there was some sad news concerning a young veteran who had served in Iraq who was killed in an alleged hit and run accident in Cleburne, Texas. As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, this news is particularly upsetting, and it highlights just how tragic motorcycle wrecks can be.
Jereme J. Ives (27) was a US Army veteran who joined the 10th Mountain Division Polar Bears after 9/11. He served in Qatar, Kabul and Iraq. On Friday morning, he was riding his bike through an intersection when he was hit by a sports utility vehicle which failed to yield the right of way. The driver of the SUV was identified as Keith Grant (24). Mr. Grant was reported to have left the scene before the police arrived. He has been charged with failing to stop and render aid after the accident. A funeral service for Mr. Ives will be held at McPherson Road Baptist Church in Fort Worth this Wednesday, followed by internment at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. The Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance.
My thoughts are with Mr. Ives' family and friends at this most terrible time.
Traffic collisions involving motorcycles are always extremely serious. TxDOT released their own report this weekend showing that 66% of bike crashes result in death of serious injury, meaning that Texas motorcyclists are dying in record numbers. In 2009 (the most recent data available), motorcyclists and their passengers accounted for 14% of all road fatalities in the Lone Star State, totaling 434 deaths in all. A further 5,800 were seriously injured. This is extremely worrisome.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle wreck, we would like to offer you a complimentary copy of the book Roadmap To Winning Your Texas Motorcycle Accident Case. To arrange a free initial consultation on your case, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.