Discovery continues in suit over defective motorcycle helmet

David Yates Jun. 3, 2013, 2:03pm

Discovery is still ongoing in litigation brought by Wendall and Frances Hulse, who sued the makers and distributors of a motorcycle helmet, alleging the helmet was not equipped with “critical injury prevention technology.” 

As previously reported, the suit was filed June 21, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court and names Hongjin Crown Corp. and Cowboy Motorsports as defendants.

Court records show that on April 29 HJC filed a certificate of written discovery, showing it served its answers and objections to plaintiffs’ second interrogatory.

The lawsuit alleges that on Sept. 22, 2011, 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 Stevenson Jr. of Stevenson & Murray represents them.

Cowboy Motorsports is represented by attorney Nicholas Zito of the Houston law firm Ramey, Chandler, Quinn & Zito.

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

Case No. D192-606

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