After motorcycle accident, couple sues makers of helmet

David Yates Jun. 29, 2012, 8:47am

Wendall and Frances Hulse are suing the makers and distributors of a motorcycle helmet, alleging the helmet was not equipped with "critical injury prevention technology."

The suit was filed June 21 in Jefferson County District Court and names Hongjin Crown Corp. and Cowboy Motorsports of Beaumont as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 22 Wendall was injured in a motorcycle crash. The helmet he was wearing was purchased at Cowboy Motorsport and manufactured by HJC.

"Plaintiffs contend that the helmet was defective and that is was not equipped with critical injury prevention technology," the suit states, adding that the helmet's defects were the producing causes of Wendall's injuries.

The suit does not state how Wendall's wreck occurred but does allege the defendants were aware of the helmet's defects and negligently placed it into the stream of commerce.

Wendall is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Frances is suing for mental anguish damages.

Houston attorney John Stevenston Jr. of Stevenson & Murray represents them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-606

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